Art is my expression of life. Through art I can express the beauty that is all around me and emphasize what is really beautiful. Before each painting I think about what I want to create and in my mind I see the painting in all of its glory before my brush ever touches the canvas. Sometimes it takes weeks of preparation to come up with an image in my head. To get an image I use every possible means, from photography to digital imaging. Before I start a project I create a near perfect computer image which mirrors the final result. Then, through a process that takes me on a personal adventure, I paint the image on smooth canvas. I try to reproduce textures and colors to their maximum quality. For this reason I use only the best Italian products, bought in the greatest art store in the world near the Duomo in Firenze. To paint skies I use an airbrush to mimic "the air". For rocks I use heavy paint mixtures that give weight. For glass and water I use a brilliant final varnish that makes reflection. I make this effort so that the viewer can enter a world, which I have created. I want to create space where there is none, color that springs forth for our eyes to enjoy, and give back to the world its beauty, which it has so generously given to me.
Biography: Matthew was born to an artistic family in Washington D.C. his story, both in art and in through his personal life, has been the pursuit of self through his creative calling. At 18 he moved to San Francisco to further his studies. Whilst there, he used watercolors to reflect the natural beauty of his environment. Today his work is hyper-realistic, or photorealistic. Matthew uses many techniques to achieve his final oil painting, from photography to digital imaging, all to achieve a sharp detailed image for the viewer to enjoy. An art teacher changed the direction of his life. If he were ever to consider himself a true artist, he was told, he would have to go to Firenze. Says Matthew, "I fell in love with the city from the moment I stood on the Piazzale Michelangelo. That was ten years ago. Matthew has lived with his fianc? there ever since.
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