Matthew Courtney started making art early in life and continued through high school, but when he left for a technical college, the art making ended. It would be another ten years before Matthew found art again when he was invited to a social figure drawing event with friends. The event reawakened the love of making art in him.
To get back into art, Matthew started off with drawing classes, but soon after he found the media that would change his art life: oil paint. The color and detail of oil paint along with its ability to be constantly changed and worked into the perfect painting really appealed to him.
Matthew focuses mostly on figures and portraits, but will paint a landscape or still life occasionally. He paints in a realistic style where he explores the interplay of light and shadow on the figure.
Recently, Matthew has explored fine art stone carving. His stone pieces have centered around animals (reptiles specifically) carved in alabaster stone. The natural patterns in the polished alabaster stone give life to the animals carved in it.