Matthew Petrucci first began to exhibit his artwork in 2009.
Over the years he attended several oil painting courses and oil painting workshops at various tertiary institutions and artists' guilds.
In 2005 he began classes with Fiona Bilbrough, working mainly on portraiture, figurative paintings and landscape related themes.
During this time he also received tuition from John Bredl, both en plein air and in the studio, concentrating mainly on impressionistic landscapes and seascapes.
The motivation that compels me to paint is to capture the beauty and wonder of our natural world.
I would like the viewer of my works to be able to stand still for a minute, take a deep breath and enjoy a painting, free of the incessant noise and clutter of everyday life: people, animals and man-made objects.
Enduring serenity and joyful wonder are the key emotions I hope to evoke through my paintings.
As an artist, I feel that it is important to make one’s statement as sincerely and effectively as possible. In the process, I endeavour to bring something of my own individuality and personality to each painting.
Many of my land and seascapes have no human presence. I prefer, for the most part, to capture the aura and beauty of the land and sea, free of the incessant ‘noise’ and clutter of everyday life.
The primary focus is on minimising the subject, to capture the mood and atmosphere of place, time and space, through the process of extracting the basic elements of broad shapes, colour patterns and tone from the subject matter.
2012- Highly Commended Portland Art Show
2012- Best Pair (Second) Warrnambool Art Show
2012- Highly Commended Hobsons Bay Art Show
2012 - Highly Commended Inverloch Art Show
2011 - Winner Bass Coast Acquisitive Art Exhibition
2011- Third Prize (Bass Coast Art Award) San Remo & Phillip Island Rotary Art show
2010 - Highly Commended Chelsea Rotary Art Show
2010 - ‘Best Emerging Artist’ in show
Yea Rotary Art Show
2012- Bass Coast ‘Arts’ Arts round the shire, 2012
2011- The South Gippsland Sentinel Times (Sept. 6th) re. Bass Coast Acquisitive Art Exhibition
2011- The Great Southern Star (Sept. 6th) re. Bass Coast Acquisitive Art Exhibition
2011- Phillip Island & San Remo Advertiser (March 17th) re. Bass Coast Art Award