Matt Smith was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When he was very young he moved with his family to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he developed a lifelong connection to the Sonoran Desert and the great outdoors. This connection would eventually influence his decision to paint the landscape. During his teens, the family lived for two years in Toulouse, France, and for a year in Geneva, Switzerland. His travels in these and various other countries, including Italy, Germany, Austria, and Spain, exposed him to the work of many of the great masters. This exposure stimulated his interest in art and was a contributing factor in what was to become his lifelong commitment to painting.
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Early March Under Sheep Mountain • oil on linen • 16 x 20 in.
String Lake • oil on linen • 20 x 24 in.