Matt Sterbenz

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Matt Sterbenz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his Bachelors in Fine Art from Arizona State University in 2011, and is the former President of the Arizona Plein Air Painters. He frequently finds himself hiking and painting en plein air; a process which he believes is critical for producing effective studio work.

Matt has participated in some of the nation’s top plein air events, including the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Sedona Plein Air Festival, and the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event. Matt’s work has been featured in publications including Southwest Art and Plein Air magazines. Matt was a featured artist and faculty member of the 2016 Plein Air Convention in Tucson. He is represented by Amery Bohling Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Artist Statement: I have found myself drawn to the Southwestern landscape that surrounds me. Rather than simply portraying a landscape, I strive to paint an experience. When I paint, I seek a greater understanding of light and color, their interaction, and how to best manipulate the two to create a convincing sense of space and atmosphere. It is with this search for knowledge that I hope to share my experience with others. — Matt Sterbenz

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