Mathew's artwork can be found on Maui at...
"I grew up in my grandmother's garden. She was a Cherokee Indian, and I was taught to see Nature as an integral part of me. When I was 23, I moved into the rainforests of Maui, where I still live, and grew gardens of my own.
"I see the things around me repeating other shapes -- a small leaf the fin of a fish, a mountain, a waterfall, a boulder, or feathers. In my art, I try to place the shapes into a composition so everyone, from no matter what walk of life, can see what I see: secret places, power, beauty or love, but most of all, a heartfelt enchantment with our beautiful world.
"A form placed in the foreground becomes a small stone, but placed in the back it becomes a towering mountain. A corner infers a secret place waiting to be discovered just ahead. In the far distance there's a world of new horizons. Your imagination and your artist within is the key to enjoying my artwork."
"The nature scenes displayed here are made entirely of natural-color banana bark, with accents of sea grape on the smaller pieces. The banana plant is a large herb, a member of the grass family. As the tree matures, the outer sheaths dry and peel away. Those are what I use. The rough-textured pieces are from the outer surface of the bark; the luminous pearl pieces are from the inside. However, the most that photographic images can convey is an impression of my artwork. The three-dimensional nature and nuances of luminosity that change with the light go flat in photographs."
Maui Crafts Guild (Paia) and Hana Hotel Gallery (Hana)