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Free Range: March 2019

12 days. 18 paintings. 49 miles hiked.  110 miles in a boat.  5 nights on an island. 2 creek crossings that required carrying borrowed waders for 2 miles on one hike. 3 passing showers I narrowly managed to dodge. 1 long downpour that soaked me to the bone all 3 miles back to the cabin. 1 tick seen. 29 miles hiked on an island without seeing a single human. 5 miles hiked among the poppies on the mainland with every other human on earth.


Book Signing- Misfit Gallery – La Jolla, CA

Friday, March 15

Misfit Gallery
La Jolla, CA

7-Whenever pm

Reserve Your Book Today

The artist/author Matt Beard will be on hand to sign books at the Misfit Gallery in La Jolla, CA. Books will be available for purchase at the event for $75 each, but you can reserve yours now for only $65 and it will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Plus beers.

If you've already have your book, bring it for Matt Beard to sign.

Event is free, no purchase is required.

Just come and celebrate the completion of this massive project!

SDSFF 2017 Art and Surf Invitationals | May 13 | Cardiff, CA


Just north of Cardiff reef      Saturday,  may 13   9am -2pm

A dozen+ artists making art on the beach after a quick surf? Sign me up.

Will there be donuts? Yes, of course there will be donuts.

Jeff Yeomans • Fay Wyles • Norm Daniels • Bob Penuelas • Rick Rietveld • Colleen Gnos • Chris Potter • Jon Baker • Thomas Rogo • Nathan Gibbs • Harry Holiday • Andy maaybe Davis • Victoria Huff • Matt Beard • and more...


Each artist will produce a work of art, Plein air, or otherwise from start to finish on the beach. Heckling encouraged.


Each artist will need to go for a surf out front from 9-10 am or they will be disqualified. Drop-ins are welcome.


A gallery showing of work from these artists will take place through may at the Misfit Gallery at 565 Pearl St. in La Jolla.

“Free Range: Orange County Winter 2017

7 days. 2.5 days of rain. $26.75 paid to parking meters. 9 Paintings created on one road trip.

Available Originals – All of ’em

Interested in owning an original? If it's not showing here, it's already sold. Check out the currently available selection on this page and let us know if anything is calling your name. 


California Coastal Series


A visual exploration of the entire California coast.

Northern California

Views from up north.

Central California

Views from the middle ground.

Southern California

Views from down south.

Free Range: California


23 days. 1499.6 miles. 33 paintings created on one road trip.

Time Zones

Plein air paintings with a chronological twist.



Borderline abstract water paintings, each suggesting the presence of a wave, but not showing it directly because sometimes it's what is left unsaid that matters most.



Reducing a wave to it's purest form, the mathematical principle, these paintings explore the topic via a textured blend of math, biological anatomy, and intuitive aesthetics.

Second County South | Shoebox Series


Exploring the surfing lives of a small crew of dedicated locals through their own eyes, each piece a reference to photos from each surfer's "shoebox" stash of surf photos that capture what surfing here means to them.

Birds & Bones

Not so much a formal series as much as a consistently recurring theme across my entire art spectrum.


A counterbalance to my more subjective work, reducing the painting area to just color and rhythm. Instrumental free jazz as opposed to a more structured lyrical approach.

Passing Through


An accidental sub-series born of improvised live painting performances, a symbolic visual language emerges.


Artwork created purely from the mind's eye.



Not my usual mode these days, but I do enjoy a crisp hard-edged ink drawing from time to time.  


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. Usually created from start to finish in under 3 hours and auctioned on site.

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 for an hour or less. 

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.





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