Matt Patterson

Born in: 1981, USA

Lives in: New Hampshire, USA

Media: Painting, Illustration, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Art for Conservation

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Blandings Turtles - Acrylic 23 x 18 in.

"There's almost no distance I won't go, almost nothing I won't do, to learn all I can about my subjects to make my paintings of wild animals as accurate and lifelike as possible."

What themes does your work involve?
I am a wildlife illustrator/artist that specializes in reptiles and amphibians, particularly turtles and tortoises.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
I'm inspired by nature. From as far back as I remember, I've loved both wildlife and art. I grew up in the small, rural New Hampshire town of New Ipswich. In my free time, I was always either out fishing, searching for turtles and snakes or I was painting. My father was a biology teacher and our home hosted a large menagerie of animals, including a turtle named Heathcliff and two pigeons named Mel and Leroy.
What is the role of the artist today?
I would say the role of an artist depends on the artist. For me, I feel it's crucial not just to document these marvelous species I paint; it's even more important to me to have a hand in saving them from extinction. Among reptiles alone, 196 species are presently critically endangered. That's why I'm a signature member of Artists for Conservation. That's why I often create artwork specifically to donate proceeds from its sale for conservation.

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