18"x18" oil and gold leaf on canvas "Twilight Excursion". "This painting is reminiscent of childhood adventures on my bike, with my camera and transistor radio.. a time when imagination and childhood adventures were paramount."
My name is Matt Moffett and I am an artist. I started painting sixteen years ago when my dog died of a brain aneurism as I was walking out the door to give a Spanish final. I had to leave him in his last moments, which changed the course of my life forever. I couldn’t find an artist in Oklahoma who would paint a portrait of my poor dog, so I tried it myself. Friends saw this portrait and asked me to paint their dogs. I have been painting ever since. In order to keep up with my passion for art, I quit teaching as a Spanish professor and became an elementary art teacher. I poured over art history and had friends with fine art degrees, tutor me in art theory and history. I taught art in the poorest schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma and showed the students how a real visual artist creates and sells their art. After successfully raising $9000. for an art garden at our school, a client of mine offered me the opportunity to open a non-profit after school art program for underserved youth. The Tulsa Girls Art School Project (www.tulsagirlsartschoolproject.org) has been successfully running for ten years and inspires underserved girls from Tulsa Public Schools to become successful visual artists. I am highly influenced by artists like Klimt, Van Gogh, Magritte, Kehinde Wiley, Donald Roller Wilson, Picasso, Jean Delville, John Currin and Banksy. I am entranced by the Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, and post modern movements. My paintings are known for their color, whimsy and odd symbols. My art style is known as magical realism. I hope you enjoy my work.