Matt Esparza

My heart for creating stems from my relationship with God. That's ultimately my source. The first verb in the Bible is created - God created. I feel, as a reflection of the Creator, he has placed the heart of creation in us as well. I am always creating, and in doing so, I strongly believe if reflects the nature of God. It is my form of worship.

My work is also a reflection of my life experiences and the people that I've interacted with around the world. For example, I grew up somewhat in the country, so I enjoy the rural textures and rustic elements, like stained wood, rusted metal, and all of the colors in nature, like flowers. I've also been influenced by more modern and contemporary perspectives, especially abstract artists from the 1950's. 

I believe visual artists should have the freedom to create across various styles, mediums, and genres. Much like musicians, actors, directors, dancers and photographers whom can freely switch between genres and styles, I feel it is a challenge that many visual artist are faced with. I seek to challenge those beliefs that seek to limit visual artist to a certain genre and continue to explore various styles through my bodies of work. 



I am continually feeding my ideas. Whether I’m in nature, traveling the world or in a city gallery, I take in that influence and put it through my filter to create something unique. I like to approach every situation, including my craft, from more than one perspective or viewpoint. My work as an artist, humanitarian, photographer and film maker allows me to create and see things from multiple perspectives. I like to see not only as they are, but rather how they can become. I believe in doing all things with excellence. I think it’s important to be well rounded, and to ask how and why. 

I try to remember that there are no mistakes when I am creating. I don't want to be afraid to take risks or experiment with my work. Everything is a learning process, much like our journey. We are all constantly in process and I believe that’s what it’s all about. Embracing the process.