Matt Holton has been creating art from a very young age, with his first formal art experience at the Hui No'eau on Maui, Hawai'i. After completing a degree in political science and philosophy; he studdied law, ran the marathon semi-professionally, became a baker, and was a land surveyor.
After nearly 10 years on the mainland, Matt moved back to Maui in 2005 with Cristina Pineda. Right away Matt went back to artwork while baking full time. Starting on small canvases he became familiar again with his natural talents. Soon he was creating four by six foot portraits of island people, and two by four paintings of island flora, and fauna. Matt is a committed full time artist spending 70 or more hours a week on his widening range of artwork. Cristina and Matt run Holton Gallery from their home in Kula. From hand carved koa, custom pine frames, to etched glass, dried flower petal embelished paintings, and jewlery.
Matt's influnces include: Alfonse Mucha, William Bouguereau, Sandro Botticelli, Herb Kane, and Damien Hirst to name a few. The study of these artists' give Matt inspiration to try new mediums to tell island stories of people, places, and the natural beauty that surrounds us here on Maui and beyond. Storytelling through art about what life used to be like in Hawai''i, and the beauty that remains.