hike – camp – paint
Of course this describes what this blog is all about, but it also neatly sums up my evolution from a stressed financial services project manager who didn’t take enough exercise through to professional artist and general work-avoider.
Nowadays I still work in the city, but interspersed with long bouts of walking and painting. During these times I’ll usually be found on Dartmoor, in the Lakes or Wales, with occasional forays into the Peak District and Scotland. Scandinavia and the Northern Lands are regular haunts too.
I’m a keen wildcamper and backpacker, completed the Wainwrights (without using a car) in 2015 and my first TGO Challenge in 2017.
Here you will find a journal of my exploits in the outdoors, and the inspiration for my art.
In terms of the art itself, I work in various media – watercolour and ink for working in the landscape; acrylic and mixed media in the studio. My current work focuses on the use of texture and abstract approaches to landscape.
My art can be viewed at the dedicated site matthewkingarts.com which showcases my latest work. I exhibit primarily in Essex and London, but selected works are also available on etsy and on my Facebook page. My @matthewkingarts twitter account is mainly concerned with my art, everything else including walking and general chit chat will be at @backpackartist.