Hi, I’m Matt Hayward an artist based out of San Diego California where I create paintings in my backyard while trying to keep watch on my two young sons. My works fuse ocean themes both above and below water, vibrant colors, with elements of a street style.
The ocean has always been a huge part of my life and is the consistent theme in my works. Growing up I made frequent surf trips to Malibu and Ventura and eventually moved to San Diego for college. I spent much of my free time surfing San Diego’s coastline and enjoying the beach life. Currently I invest much of my free time fishing these waters and have become a fanatic of the local fishery. My work focuses on the magic of the ocean, its creatures and its mystique as seen through my own eyes.
My art also has a street style to it. As a kid growing up on the outskirts of LA I and was intrigued by the artwork displayed around the city.
I am a self taught artist who has learned from my own experiences and failures. The progression of my work over time fueled me. I never had any intentions on being an “artist”, rather it just felt good to paint. While most of my audience only witness the finished project the process of creating is my true joy. I reach my zen state when I turn the music up, grab a paint brush and tune out the world for a bit.