Matthew calls himself a self-proclaimed city Indian. He was born in Dallas, Texas and later went to school in North Carolina. He moved back and forth between there and Tahlequah, Ok. finally settling in Tahlequah. Art always had a place in Matt’s life. He grew up drawing, loved music, and skateboarding. He said he was always learning and getting ideas from others. This taught him everything from drawing to three dimensional sculptures. Matt finally found his calling in the three dimensional arts. He carves soapstone, alabaster, and marble among other materials. He loves to produce art pieces that people like. Matt has been carving for 20 years and says his inspiration comes from family, his grandparents and history books about his Cherokee roots. He strives to create art pieces that show the uniqueness of the Cherokee people.