Artist lives dream life as painter

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A perpetual wave of dreams led Westfield resident Matt Hurdle to become an artist.

“I was having these reoccurring dreams of painting,” Hurdle said. “My dreams were of shapes and colors- vague places, never details.”

Westfield resident Matt Hurdle

Although he had never painted with an easel and canvas, Hurdle said he felt compelled to do so.

“I had previously done pen and ink drawings,” Hurdle said. “My pen and ink drawings were cityscapes, trees and seascapes, highlighting every detail … windows, bricks, leaves, stones, etc.”

Now, Hurdle creates contemporary landscapes and abstract art. His travels often inspire his dreamy abstracts.

“My wife, Juli, and I enjoy traveling to Europe and the U.S.,” Hurdle said. “I’m fascinated by skies because they represent freedom, calm and serenity. I’ve always loved beautiful nights and morning skies. Skies in the European countryside are especially dramatic.”

Hurdle previously worked at 3M for more than 30 years.

“I get up in the morning now and can’t wait to get to my studio and paint,” Hurdle said.

Hurdle opened his art studio in 2019 at Circle City Industrial Complex in Indianapolis.

The titles of his pieces reflect a sense of calm, such as “Your Simple Quiet Place,” “Stay for Another Dream” and “Heaven That I’m Making.”

Hurdle’s work has already been on display as part of Fishers Arts at Fishers City Hall. It also has been in exhibits at Saks Fifth Avenue at Keystone at the Crossing in Carmel, Indian Hill Gallery in Cincinnati and Hoosier Salon in New Harmony.

His works range in size and range in price from $350 to $1,850.

For more or to purchase his artwork, visit matthurdlefineart.com.

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