About Me From a very early age, I knew I was going to be an artist “when I grew up.” In school, I wished I could spend all of my time on art. As I would leave for the bus, my mom would remind me, “One day you’ll get to do what you love.” And she was right. After high school I got a scholarship to Pratt Institute. I graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.I have worked as a designer and art director in advertising agencies for the last ten years while freelancing on the side. Wanting to spend more time on "my first love," I have turned my attention back to illustrating children’s books. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and have five books published, including First Son and President: A Story about John Quincy Adams (Lerner Publishing Group), Rebel's Keep (P & R Publishing) and King’s Arrow (P & R Publishing). In addition, I have illustrated greeting cards which have been selected by The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, and the National Audubon Society, among others.As you can see on this site, my portfolio also includes fine art prints, greeting cards, portrait commissions, and photography. Please contact me with commissions or questions on any aspect of my studio.I currently live outside Baltimore, Maryland with my lovely wife and daughter (my muses!).Best, Matthew ClientsAOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)Black & DeckerChristian Appalachian ProjectClipper City BrewingCystic Fibrosis FoundationDAP Inc.DeWaltDucks UnlimitedLearner PublishingMcCormickMerkle Inc.National Audubon SocietyNational GeographicNational MS SocietyNational Rifle AssociationNational Wildlife FederationP&R PublishingRonald Reagan Presidential Foundation and LibraryThe Smithsonian InstitutionUnited States Equestrian FederationUnited States Golf AssociationWorld Wildlife FundArtist's Statement"I believe beauty and wonder can be found all around us, but is often lost in the static of our busy lives. I want to capture these moments and in doing so, share them with others. God provides both the talent and the inspiration; it is my desire that when others see my work they may be inspired by the perceptible signs of the real Creator."
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