Born in Stourbridge, the son of teachers, his father being a lecturer on the degree course in art. On his mothers side his great uncle was the Welsh painter Harry Hughes Williams.
Matthew studied art at Bristol in the 80's, paying his way by doing building work. In 2013 after several years as a partner in Lloyd Rees Construction, Matthew and his wife moved to the Aude, France with their three sons; where they built a house with a panoramic view of the Pyrenees.
Almost a year later, whilst on a roof his life as a builder came to an abrupt end after suffering a brain stem Cavernoma Haemorrhage. Fortunately, Matthew survived but his right side and sight were affected. Unable to return to his former work Matthew began painting again, holding his right hand with his left to monitor his progress, he is now painting full time, with his left hand.” A stroke of luck.”
The paintings shown here vividly evoke the colour and vibrancy of the landscape in which he lives and reflect the joy of life.