Size: 8.5"W x 11.5"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
One hot August day, I met with the local plein air group at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri to paint their famous water lily ponds. Having done graduate work studying the botany and culture of water plants, I have always been drawn to them. The flowers last two days, and in some species, baby water lily plants grow from the center of each leaf. On this particular day, I found the patterns, colors, and perspective of the leaves floating on the water more interesting than the blossoms.
Matt grew up in Northwest Montana where inspiration never stops. College in Grinnell, Iowa led to a degree in Biology and English. Further studies in Horticulture and various jobs led him and his wife to settle in Illinois and start serious careers as educators in public education. 16 years later, they are both still in education and Matt pursues art, family, reading, gardening, and home renovations on the side. His love of Montana and travels to Florida, Canada, and everywhere in between can be seen in his landscapes. Sometimes it's the details which catch his eye, but usually it's the light and composition that he finds inspirational. Matthew Weld is an award-winning, juried artist, and has shown his work at the Salute to the Arts outdoor show in Fairvew Heights, IL. Matt's pastels have hung in a gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, and can be found in homes from Washington to Georgia. He currently lives with his family and a dog outside St. Louis where he appreciates the vast stretches of corn and sky.