Artist Profile - Al Matos
I studied art and graphic arts in the 1980s. I have been painting since I was a child and will continue to do so. I joined several art organizations and studied under professional artists who have shown their work is still currently shown. I work in several mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolor. I like experimenting with various art styles but I'm more inclined to Realism and impressionistic realism. I want my painting to look like paintings rather than photographs. I want my brushwork to be noticed and at times my use of expressive colors.
My inspiration has always come from nature, I enjoy visiting wildlife art exhibitions. I love to paint birds in the wild with an emphasis on environmental issues. I'm concerned about the disappearing wildlife and their habitats.
I look up to artists and biologists who study their subject matter such as the late Robert Bateman, Richard Sloan, Terry Isaac, and many of the conservation artists. They bring awareness to the public on these issues. Like them, I would also like to bring awareness through my artwork.
My suggestions for beginning artists would be to find a purpose for their art. A meaningful way to tell people your concerns, feelings, and desires. I suggest studying the subject matter in its entirety.
I do commission work and have done some of pets and people. I have been showing my work in art exhibitions in Central Florida and will reference any future upcoming shows on my website in the event section.