Matt Holton has been creating art since his childhood. In high school he sketched and sketched. After completing a degree in political science and philosophy; he studied law, ran the marathon semi-professionally, became a baker, and was a land surveyor. Currently he divides his time between art and coaching distance and track running.
After nearly 10 years on the mainland, Matt moved back to Maui in 2005. Right away Matt went back to artwork while baking full time. Starting on small canvases he became familiar again with his natural talents. Soon he was creating four by six foot portraits of island people, and two by four paintings of island flora, and fauna.
Matt is a committed full time artist spending 70 or more hours a week on his widening range of artwork. From hand carved koa, custom pine frames, to etched glass, dried flower petal embellished paintings, and jewelry. Matt has recently done pieces made of paper mache, watercolors, and painted on onyx and the glass door of the studio.
Matt's influences include: Alfonse Mucha, William Bouguereau, Sandro Botticelli, Herb Kane, and Damien Hirst to name a few. The study of these artists' give Matt inspiration to try new mediums to tell island stories of people, places, and the natural beauty that surrounds us here on Maui and beyond. Storytelling through art about what life used to be like in Hawai''i, and the beauty that remains.
Postal Address: PO BOX 901306, Kula, HI 96790, USA
Phone: +1 443 296 2747
site link: http://www.holtongallery.blogspot.com/