Matt Smith was born in
Kansas City, Missouri in 1960. At an early age he moved to Arizona.
He later moved to Europe where he lived two years in France and
one in Switzerland.
In subsequent years Smith painted in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Matt has lived most of his life in Arizona, where he has a deep
and respect for the Sonoran Desert.
Matt graduated from Arizona
State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting.
He spent a vast amount of time studying the traditional styles
of such landscapes
masters as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton and Edgar Payne.
Most of the time, Matt
can be found painting en plein air from southern Arizona to the
Canadian Rockies. He also paints the California coast to the
mountains of Colorado.
"I appreciate traditional landscape painting and I am inspired
by the pristine landscapes
of the American West.
I enjoy working in areas where one can travel for miles without
seeing the influence of man.
When I paint, I feel I've hit the mark when I've captured a balance
between mood, look and feel.
You know you've succeeded when viewers sense the desert heat
or the chill of a mountain snowfall."