MATT CONSTANTINE

Matt was born in Charleston in 1973. His interest in creating art began as a child and was highly influenced by Audubon’s illustrations.
"From the beginning wildlife has intrigued me. Among my earliest and fondest memories is standing at the front plate glass window of our house and watching the egrets stalk the marsh edge while the mullet would jump. Otters would also visit occasionally to eat their catch on our dock." While living on front beach Folly Island, in a house designed by his father, the young naturalist began to emerge in Matt. At age 9 he was carrying a collection of Audubon books bought by his mother. With these he set about identifying everything in sight, especially the birds. Later in the confines of the house he would document what he had seen. Most of this early work was done with pencils and colored architectural markers, eventually branching into oil paints.

Matt began painting seriously in 1995 and within only a few years of teaching himself the basics, he had won the 1998-99 South Carolina Saltwater Fisheries Stamp competition. The next year he followed that by winning the 1999-2000 South Carolina Duck Stamp. In the process, he defeated nationally recognized artists and became the youngest to win either competition, and the only artist to win both stamp categories. Since then Matt's palette and subject matter has expanded to portraits as well as the Lowcountry way of living. Putting competitions aside, the artist now strives to further develop his style and technique with his preferred medium, oils.


"There is no need to go far and wide to find inspiration when I was born in one of the most beautiful and historically significant places in the country. I have a lifetime worth of subjects to put on canvas, and all at my doorstep!"