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Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith was an accomplished Minnesota artist for many years, often painting flowers or landscapes.  His work received rave reviews from critics and it sold quite well.  For about 10 years he exhibited his work at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.  His last show at Groveland was a series of sunflower paintings.


Smith is now a composer.  He says his mother’s death triggered the switch from painting to music.  He could no longer express the depth of feelings and the multiplicity of feelings he had in a visual form … rather, music was a medium that had a direct connection to the kinds of emotions that he was feeling.


Smith says that his music and his paintings have a lot in common.  They evoke the same mood, they both have a sense of agitation and movement, and they both are made up of layers upon layers of either paint or sound.   

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