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Oil painter Matt Ryder is my guest on the podcast today. He flew 23 hours from the U.A.E. to get to Tucson that's a commitment for your art. Matt reached out to me after hearing a podcast I had done with Eric Rhodes for his Plein Air Podcast, and now I represent him in my gallery, sometimes it can be that simple or hard if you are the one doing the flying.
I love his work. He's gifted, as you can see when you look at his artwork, he's got the drive and that's what it often takes to succeed. I don't care what you do in life, you have to have a drive and believe in yourself and he absolutely does. Unlike many out there, however, he can back it up with what he's doing painting-wise.
We discussed his early painting career doing caricature and illustration and the story behind how he ended up traveling from Dubai to Tucson to become a represented artist for Medicine Man Gallery. Matt also speaks on what it's like to be an artist making a living in Dubai and the many similarities between painting two deserts a world apart from each other.
So anyone who's out there who says, I just don't know if I can do it, but I love it, I want to do it. Listen to this. Maybe you'll gain some knowledge that'll help you on your journey. So I had a great time. Matt Ryder on Art Dealer Diaries Podcast episode 186.
View Matt Ryder's available paintings here: