Hello and welcome! My name is Matthew R. Paden. I am a professional, full-time award-winning contemporary abstract artist living in Oklahoma with my beautiful wife and daughter. I have been in Oklahoma now for nine years, but I am originally from the Pacific Northwest. My larger-than-life pieces astonish in both private and public exhibits. I specialize in a style known as Spontaneous Realism. I have been a working artist now for twenty-three years. In 1997 my piece, "Victory Touchdown" took first place in the state of Oregon and went onto be displayed in the Nations Capitol for a year. From my atmospheric “Utopia” series, to the eminently realistic “Famous Faces”, I strive to capture the subtlest of emotions and delicate moody intricacies. Despite my diverse choice of subjects, my dynamic body of work is united in its ability to evoke emotion and awe in the viewer, with precise details etched amongst broad yet perfectly executed brushstrokes.