ROAR:Your illustrations are so impressive and meaningful. How did Camp illustrated and the idea to draw people's favourite camp photographs come to life?
Matt: Thanks for being stoked about the stuff you see! The idea for Camp Illustrated came to me on a long drive out to California where I was moving. I had spent several weeks on the road camping and making art based on what I was seeing. I thought remaking other peoples rad outdoor photos into illustrations would be an engaging way to keep creating art while I wasn't outside myself and hopefully they would enjoy the work too.
ROAR: Have you always been an artist? Who has been important in encouraging you in follow your passion of art and the outdoors?
Matt: Drawing has always been an important part of how I see, and interact with the world. Over the past couple years as I finished schooling and tried to figure out the "what do I do now" questions, a constant quest to mix my love of the outdoors and art remained. I'm thankful to have friends and a rad girlfriend who encourage me to follow those passions and keep living the dream!
ROAR: It's clear people love what you do and Camp Illustrated is growing rapidly all over the world! How do people get in touch and get their favourite camp photographs illustrated?!
Matt: It has been humbling to use instagram as a way to share my stuff and consequently connect with people that I wouldn't have otherwise had the chance to interact with. Most of the stuff I put on instagram is made as a surprise for the photographer and I enjoy that facet of it. I am; however, available to do commissions. Lately I have been doing a couple per month but am starting to make art full time and excited to take on more commissions. Folks can either shoot me a direct message on instagram or use the contact tab on my website to get in touch about a custom piece!
ROAR: Where have your adventures taken you and what are some places you absolutely love and why?
Matt: Until this past year I spent most of my outdoor time in the Rockies of Colorado, going on backpacking trips, tackling some 14'rs, and sport climbing. It has been a blast to live close to Yosemite this past year and spend several weekends in the Sierras as well as quick trips to Big Sur. The most memorable spot this year has been Cathedral Peak and the surrounding lakes off the John Muir Trail - don't miss it if you make it to Yosemite.
ROAR: We also love the outdoors and can't wait for the next adventure! What are your plans for places to explore and draw?
att: The next months are going to be some exciting ones for me as I take off on the road to try out making art full time. My tentative plans are to head North to Oregon and Washington for several months of camping, art-making, and meeting up with people. I'll see where the path takes me from there! Thanks for taking the time to ask me some questions!