Painter Pat Matthews visits Beaver Creek |

Painter Pat Matthews visits Beaver Creek

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyArtist Pat Matthews gave up his architect career to become a painter. He visits Beaver Creek this weekend.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Paderewski Fine Art in Beaver Creek is hosting artist in residence Pat Matthews today through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Matthew’s success is propelled by two unusual gifts, both of which immediately relate to how he sees things. First, there is his uncanny knack to render the physical world in two, three, and four-point perspectives. And second, there is Matthew’s ability to depict nature so as to show a range of hidden colors the casual observer might otherwise miss. What he can see, he can paint.

You will rarely find Matthews working in his studio. Most times he is outdoors in this country and abroad painting the sublime excitement he experiences in nature.

“Painting outdoors, surrounded by nature, in all seasons, I am energized,” he said. “I have a sense of inner strength, joy, and peace I feel nowhere else. My very vision changes and paintings appear on my canvases as though put there by some mysterious force.”

An avid hunter and fisherman from an early age, Matthews grew up roaming the woods and lakes of his native Arkansas. His early painting of these experiences marked him as an exceptionally gifted talent. Later, as a student at the University of Arizona Architectural School, he won the prestigious William Wilde Memorial Award as the top designer of his class. Graduating from architectural school in 1987, apprenticed and received his architectural license and soon started a flourishing design architect practice.

Well into becoming a “success,” Matthews realized that he had come to a fork in the road: he could continue on as a design architect or he could paint the outdoors that, at an early age, had become a part of his very nature.

Patriotic for all his life, Matthews was moved by the events of Sept. 11 to paint an American flag. In fact, he painted it over a landscape he had just completed. He made 1,000 prints, sold most of them, and gave the entire proceeds, the original painting, and 343 signed, numbered prints to Battalion 9, the fire station which suffered the greatest loss of firefighter lives. Today Matthew’s signature flag paintings represent celebration, hardship, overcoming hardship, and unshakable pride in the freedom and principles the flag represents. His flag paintings grace homes business, judge’s chambers, and governors’ collections around the country.

Paderewski Fine Art is located in Beaver Creek, on the Plaza level of the Hyatt, across from the ice rink. Call 970-949-6036 or visit for more information.

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