The Artwork of Matt Stanton Beard

Welcome.

California is my home. For over 15 years I've been working toward painting the entire coastline of this beautiful state. I'm getting there, but it's a slow and winding road... and sometimes it's no road at all.

I spend weeks at a time on the road, living out of my van to explore the nooks and coves I've not yet seen. I've painted from boats, climbed on rooftops, crawled over locked gates, edged between barbed wire, suffered the nuisance of ticks, poison oak, biting ants, high winds...  you get the idea. All of this to bring to you this vision of California.

And the vision is not just my own, many of the paintings you'll see as you browse this site we're commissions by folks who are drawn to these places for reasons of their own. These paintings are shared connection points where all of our lives may intersect at one time or another.

Recent Works

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Plein Air Work

Easel out in the wind, racing to capture the moment's light before it's gone, or the painting blows over. Typically fast paintings, chasing the light while it lasts. 

Studio Art

Paintings created at their own pace in the studio, sometimes working a single piece over dozens of separate sessions with no pressure, rush, or timeline.

Live Arts

These paintings were created during live performances in public settings, often on stage with live musicians, most of these emerge with no plan, just spontaneous art-making reacting to the music and the moment. 

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