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May 13, 2007

by matteart

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Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).

My name is Matte Stephens, I’m 32 years old and have made my living as a painter for the past 12 years. I live in Birmingham, Alabama with my wife, Vivienne (The Double Sided Vivienne), along with our dog, John and 7 cats: Simon, Isabelle, Lillian, Krasner, Zuzu, Jean-Paul, and Norma Desmond. We live in a suburb that was built around 50 years ago and it still retains a bit of that era. I get most of my inspiration from my life at home and the nature surrounding it. We have barred owls, great blue herons, hawks and rabbits in the woods that border our back yard. We also love visiting the screech owls, Great Horned Owl and red-tailed hawk that live at a rehabilitation facility at Ruffner Mountain which is really close to our house. Several of the screech owls are missing eyes, (that is why they are living in captivity) so most of my owls depicted in my paintings are missing an eye. Painting is the only thing I have ever wanted to do. I currently show work at Velocity Art and Design in Seattle, WA.

 

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?

The first thing I can specifically remember working on was in kindergarten. Everyone had to do a posterboard painting about their favorite part of the Wizard of Oz. I remember working on it with my dad and the great feeling it gives you when you finish something you like. I still try to get that same feeling out of my work.

 

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

Vivienne is a big influence, she is an amazing person and very worthy of having her portrait made over and over. The personalities of our pets often show up in my work. Simon is the one I paint the most for some reason. If you look at the scene in the bear monster paintings, it looks like you are standing in front of our house. I think every day life is the main influence in my work but other influences come from old movies, modern design, old toys from the 50’s and 60’s and random stuff that has been discarded from the early 70’s. I also get inspried by old cartoons or really anything that reminds me of being a kid. Oh, and national park service propaganda of the 1940s and 50s. We’ve made a couple of trips to the north woods of Wisconsin to visit Viv’s mom and I found a lot of inspiration there, it has a Bavarian feel to it and it is not overly developed.

 

What are your favorite materials?

I love to work with gouache on illustration board- birch plywood -canvas -gocco

 

What is your favorite color?

Every shade of green

 

What are your most and least two favorite films?

Well- watching movies is a huge part of my life so this question is a hard one to answer. I think my favorite movies at the moment would be -Come and Get It – The French Connection -Midnight Cowboy -Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf-A Face in the Crowd-Marty-Butterfield 8-Public Enemy- North by Northwest-Clash by Night-and any movie by Otto Preminger-John Schlesinger-John Cassavettes-Krysztof Kieslowski-Billy Wilder-Julian Schnabel. there are too many to list!

The movies I don’t like are The Anniversary Party-Titanic-Gladiator-Braveheart and once again, too many to list!

 

What are you reading right now?

“Eero Saarinen” by Jayne Merkel and “Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art.”

 

Any tips on selling handmade stuff?

Making a ton of stuff helps I think, you need to have a sufficient inventory for people to choose from. List every day –it helps keep you out there. Start a blog to let people get to know you. Be nice! It always helps to be courteous. Work really hard at what you do. I spend 14 hours a day in my studio and sometimes I feel its still not enough. Don’t skimp on supplies– try and use the best avalible supplies in your price range. Try everything and don’t give up!

 

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

Not much, I watch movies, go for walks at Ruffner Mountain with Viv and play with our pets. Wow, my life is mostly work. Maybe I need to get out more.

 

How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?

For me it has been absolutly perfect, I can’t think of a thing to change or improve.

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80s Zombie A Go Go. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
80s Zombie A Go Go. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$1,300.00 USD
Life after quarantine. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Life after quarantine. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$950.00 USD
Meeting for lunch. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Meeting for lunch. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$450.00 USD
Eugene, the Oregon cowhand.  Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Eugene, the Oregon cowhand. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$450.00 USD
Sleepless nights in Strawbery Banke. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
Sleepless nights in Strawbery Banke. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$375.00 USD
A gloomy day in November 1976. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
A gloomy day in November 1976. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$350.00 USD
Hide and seek. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
Hide and seek. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$375.00 USD
The Fishman of New England. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
The Fishman of New England. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$900.00 USD
Lillian playing with an abstract thought. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Lillian playing with an abstract thought. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Hope. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Hope. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$375.00 USD
London. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
London. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$64.00 USD
Meeting to feed birds. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Meeting to feed birds. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Night in the forest. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Night in the forest. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Yum, yum - absinthe. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Yum, yum - absinthe. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Matte Stephens - Selected Works A book of art - Special signed copy.
Matte Stephens - Selected Works A book of art - Special signed copy.
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$51.55 USD
Into the deep. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens
Into the deep. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens
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$450.00 USD
The reluctant bear. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
The reluctant bear. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$175.00 USD
Ramen Kitty. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Ramen Kitty. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
A sleepy village in Norway. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
A sleepy village in Norway. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
A helping hand. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
A helping hand. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$800.00 USD
Mr. Potter. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
Mr. Potter. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$200.00 USD
Flower. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Flower. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$350.00 USD
Lumberjack Breakfast.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Lumberjack Breakfast. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$64.00 USD
Night in the forest. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
Night in the forest. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$375.00 USD
Carl in his favorite sweater. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens
Carl in his favorite sweater. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens
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$38.00 USD
Simon is still trying to make his communication helmet work. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
Simon is still trying to make his communication helmet work. Original painting by Matte Stephens.
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$200.00 USD
Simon reading the classics. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Simon reading the classics. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Charlie Bird.  Open edition print by Matte Stephens.
Charlie Bird. Open edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
A small village in New England. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
A small village in New England. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Spring.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Spring. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Harriet always had her nose in a book.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Harriet always had her nose in a book. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
A sleepy village. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
A sleepy village. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Trick or treat bandits.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Trick or treat bandits. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$64.00 USD
Duck the Police. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Duck the Police. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Tudor England at night. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Tudor England at night. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Vayda Kaiju. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
Vayda Kaiju. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$175.00 USD
Simon in his communication helmet. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Simon in his communication helmet. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Walking with friends. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Walking with friends. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
Opening night, Richard III.  Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
Opening night, Richard III. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$225.00 USD
Vivienne's Dinner Party. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Vivienne's Dinner Party. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$350.00 USD
Life after quarantine. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Life after quarantine. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Carmen is a night owl.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Carmen is a night owl. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Golden Gate Bridge.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Golden Gate Bridge. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$64.00 USD
Playtime. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens
Playtime. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens
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$38.00 USD
Yeti with a clown balloon.  Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
Yeti with a clown balloon. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$325.00 USD
Carmen. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Carmen. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$38.00 USD
2020 Self Portrait. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens
2020 Self Portrait. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens
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$38.00 USD
Chickens negotiate peace somewhere in Europe, 1103. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
Chickens negotiate peace somewhere in Europe, 1103. Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$375.00 USD
Krasner loves shoes. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Krasner loves shoes. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Three philosophers on a tandem bicycle. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Three philosophers on a tandem bicycle. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
The Fishman of New England. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
The Fishman of New England. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
Where are my dragons? Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
Where are my dragons? Original marker drawing by Matte Stephens.
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$250.00 USD
Hair ball. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Hair ball. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$400.00 USD
Country casserole, just like mom used to make. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Country casserole, just like mom used to make. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$375.00 USD
Costume party. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Costume party. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$300.00 USD
Irving taking a break at the office. Original painting by Matte Stephens
Irving taking a break at the office. Original painting by Matte Stephens
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$325.00 USD
Tokyo. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
Tokyo. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$49.00 USD
80s Zombie A Go Go.  Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
80s Zombie A Go Go. Limited edition print by Matte Stephens.
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$74.00 USD
Lillian enjoys a treat. Original painting by Matte Stephens
Lillian enjoys a treat. Original painting by Matte Stephens
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$325.00 USD
Angry neighbor with his cat, Herman. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
Angry neighbor with his cat, Herman. Original gouache painting by Matte Stephens.
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$275.00 USD