We had just moved back to the east coast after a 10
year stint in Oregon when I first stumbled across the work of New Hampshire artist, Matthew Smith. His sea creatures
struck a cord which reminded me of the ragged Oregon
coast and I instantly became a fan! As I learned more
about the artist I was in awe of the time and skill which went
into each of his pieces. From the hand cutting and etching of the copper sheets to the various steps involved in the printing
process the images created through Matthews work have
amazing color and tremendous depth. Matthew truly has a unique and special gift; his love for the sea and its creatures shines through in his work!
My beloved Octopus hangs in my living room
today and I am grateful of the day I was introduced to this
extraordinary artist! We invite you to explore the art of
Matthew Smith and learn more about how these fabulous
pieces are created!
"My art is a labor of love and a tribute to the wild world around me. For over a decade I was a commercial fishing captain; I saw both the
immense beauty and endless slaughter on my boats. I now pay homage to the lives I used to be responsible for ending and to the
magnificent scenery of the wild by creating and preserving their beauty through my printmaking. After years spent in the wilderness – be it far offshore in the oceans of the world or deep in the forests of New
Hampshire-I found there is something absolutely charming
and appealing about being in the wild. I have a deep respect for the natural world around me, both at sea and on land. There is just a
honesty to everything wild that I really understand and appreciate.
And I believe I connect with people by the honesty of my work. It's
not just a picture of a fish, or a whale, or a brook, it's a truthfulness
of the handcraft presenting itself above all other things."