Are you a struggling artist all but ready to give up on everything?

You’re not alone!


An art career is full of obstacles and artists bare their souls and that comes with some pain. 

In this book, one man tells a story of how he went from being homeless to having a successful art career. 

Over the course of this book, you will: 

  • Find your creative niche and allow it to flourish

  • Learn how to deal with rejection and artist blocks

  • Reinvent yourself with clever branding and marketing

  • Get advice on how to book your first gallery show

Things don’t always go the way we plan, but we must always persevere!

Brimming with undeniable passion, imagination and savvy tips, "Journey - An Artist Guidebook," provides young and new artists fresh ways to navigate the often turbulent waters of becoming a professional artist through the personal twenty-three year expedition of award-winning artist, Matthew R. Paden a.k.a. (The Savvy Artist).



About The Author

Matthew R. Paden, is an award-winning, contemporary abstract artist, art blogger, and art coach from Oklahoma. Originally from the northwest, Paden paints in a style known as Spontaneous Realism. He lives with his beautiful wife and adorable nine-month-old daughter, Ember who defianlty keeps them on their toes.



100 pages FULL of guided information

  • Prologue - The Savvy Artist Story
  • Honing and nurturing Your Creative Niche
  • Your Soul is Begging You to Listen
  • Dealing With Rejection by Harvesting Your Rhino Skin
  • Artist "Block" What Is It, and How To Overcome It?
  • Reinvent Yourself With Dynamic Branding
  • Acquiring Your First Gallery Show
  • Marketing Mayhem: Tell The World About Your Art
  • Epilogue
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The Savvy Artist

Starting my artistic journey in 1997, the desire to create art that I attained soon became an unyielding obligation to myself to explore the inner mechanism of my creative consciousness.


From small sketches to large scale projects, my art is a highly-personal reflection of myself.

I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in many collaborative projects, as well as exhibiting in a solo capacity, which has solidified my reputation in the art world.


If you would like to find out more about my process, get in touch.

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