Matt Linares

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I born in Oxnard CA, 1981. I currently live in Portland, OR



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


I've been drawing since I was a kid. I used to play with friends and we would pretend to have jet packs, robotic arms or mechanical pets. Sometimes it would be easier for me to draw what I was imagining rather than explaining it



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 


Its hard to say if I have a favorite artist because there are so many that I like for different reasons. Salvador Dali was the first artist that got my attention and made me want to paint. His style really open my eyes to what could created thought paintings. I really like William Bouguereau and his use of light and shadow. Some more modern artists that I like are Mark Ryden and James Jean. 




When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


I enjoy spending time and traveling with my wife and daughter. Spending time at the beach. I also really enjoy star gazing and exploring the night sky with my telescope.



Who are your biggest influences?


My mom has always been a big influence on me. She showed me some simple drawing techniques when I was young that I still use in my work today.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


I mainly use acrylic for painting, but I also enjoy wood working and digital mediums.