Having a father who was an avid photographer with his own darkroom set the stage for Matt’s interest in both photography and the creative process. And growing up in the muscle car era provided all the sights and sounds necessary to ensure he developed a life-long passion for high performance automobiles.
Matt’s automotive artwork features emphasized expressions of color and chrome, reflections, and dynamic range of light to create a grand impact. In addition, he often adds special views, distinguishing design features, and historical provenance elements to enhance and “supercharge” his automotive portraits.
He credits seeing the Mormon Meteor as the motivation for developing his style of automotive artwork:
“I remember seeing the Mormon Meteor in the parade at the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg festival shortly after it had won Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2007. I was completely awestruck by the proportions and styling of the car. I took dozens of pictures of the car from every angle but when I came home and looked at my photos, I was disappointed that they conveyed little of the magnificent impact I felt when I saw the car in person. That’s when I began to experiment and apply my 20 years of Photoshop experience to create an artistic process that enabled me to better showcase the true beauty and magnificence of historic, classic and specialty automobiles. As a result, my artwork blurs the lines between traditional fine art and photography. My goal is to present each automobile with the impact it has in real life, whether on the show field, racetrack or its own special stage.”