ANGEL OF MUSIC BY MATTHEW BIRD
"Angel of Music is a painting of my daughter as she was dressed up for a Christmas pageant. It was done with transparent watercolor. The darks were slowly built up in layers, the white of the paper was carefully preserved for the highlights. I enjoyed the challenges of the various textures in this piece: the black lacquer of the piano, the folds in the fabric, and the reflective tinsel garland. The sheet music that is visible is a sonata by Haydn in C major, and can be played if one were so inclined."
About the Artist:
Matthew Bird is an American painter. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and his award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, and seen on the pages of The Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magazine, and Fine Art Connoisseur. For 15 years he worked as a designer and art director in advertising agencies, specializing in non-profit fundraising. As an illustrator, he has five children’s books published and his paintings have been used as greeting cards for The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation, among others. Matthew maintains a studio outside Baltimore, with his wife and children.