"I've always been an intuitive painter, where the compulsion to create comes together with physical substance through a process of play, to produce a child.
Each layer informs the next, adding and subtracting, marking and covering up. I continue this until an environment emerges, like a stage, upon which the final compositional elements fall into place naturally. Motifs, symbols, words, and representational objects may appear, but these are mostly un-planned. My experience of painting is a lot like sitting down at the piano and improvising. It's the interplay of practiced technical processes and intuitive expression.
Alongside acrylic paints, some of my favorite materials and mediums include bits of paper and canvas, wood glue, ephemera, ink, joint compound, pumice gel, and graphite."
Matti was born in Bremerton, Washington in 1983. His father, artist and arts educator Craig Freeman, founded the Northwest College of Art and Design in 1982, and Matti was exposed to the creative process as a small child, with abundant access to art supplies! Drawing consumed most of his free time. After dabbling in mixed media painting and outdoor sculpture installation from 2004 - 2008, Matti took a break from painting to focus on self development. He picked it back up in 2016 after moving to Kauai, Hawaii where he spent a year and half working and exhibiting at Palms Gallery before moving to Santa Fe to open Freeman Gallery with his father.