We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Fredricey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matthew, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always loved creating art, so why not make some of my income from doing something I love. Creating art means so many things to me. In addition to being a source of income, creating art is my meditation; part of my spiritual practice; a way to connect with others; and of course, it is an enjoyable endeavor.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist who is dedicated to the transformation of consciousness through the healing power of art. We are all connected, and everything is alive, so I try to portray that in my paintings. Each painting takes on a life of its own as it is meticulously created over weeks, months, or sometimes even years. A painting is not finished until I am in love with it. I am proud of the considerable portfolio that I have established from years of work. Its been a long and difficult journey so far, with much more to go, but it’s been worth the effort and sacrifice. I’ve studied with and learned from some brilliant artists along the way. I’ve learned so many lessons from creating and sharing my art. From technical aspects of the painting process, to the more social side of things, learning to talk about my art and share it with others, how to price my work, and where to invest my time and energy most wisely. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my years of painting is patience. And I’m still learning that one! To create something that I’m really proud of takes a lot of time. I’m in it for the long run, though. I’ll be creating art all of my days, and hope to continue to inspire and bring joy to myself and others.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If one of my best friends was visiting for a week and I wanted to show them the best time ever, it would mostly be spent in nature. I don’t live in the city, and am not really a city person, especially nowadays with how the world is going. I’d take my friend to Rocky Mountain National Park to explore and hike. We’d grab some food and drinks (maybe a concert, if that’s a thing by then?) at my favorite place, the legendary Mishawaka, in the Poudre Canyon. Some hot springs would be on the agenda. I’d show them the amazing gem and crystal shop where I work and display my paintings, Blue Stone, in Loveland. Then I’d bring them to an awesome jam session that me and my musician friends often have.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There has been so many people who have supported me in my artistic dreams. Too many to name, really. I’ve been inspired by countless artists over the years. I am constantly inspired by nature, meditation, music, other artists, dreams, visions, and so much more. In particular, my family has always been very supportive to me

Website: www.matthewfredricey.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/matthew.fredricey.art

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