Most of the time, Smith 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."
Matt Smith's workshops are immensely popular and fill up quickly. Whether you take a studio class or a combination of studio and plein air outings, you will leave his workshop with a new level of knowledge from his sharing, detailed approach to teaching. In return for all the guidance given him in earlier years by contemporary landscape masters, he devotes time for workshops and seminars. "After learning so much from artists I deeply admire, I feel a responsibility to pass it on to others. I hope in some small way this contributes to keeping traditions alive. Also, teaching helps me convey my personal ideas and values about art."
Whether preparing for an upcoming workshop, reinforcing what you learned from the workshop or just wanting to immerse yourself in the painting experience with Matt, his DVD's present a unique opportunity to watch him in action.
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