|Land of Liberty|
Patrick Matthews might be most well known for his imaginative and colorfully illuminated landscapes, but he also has a sizeable repertoire of flag paintings. It all began shortly after September 11, 2001. Pat was so stirred by the tragic events, that he stopped the landscape he was working on and painted a bold American flag right over it.
The flag painting became so much more than an homage to the emblem of strength and patriotism that our flag has always stood for – it became a message of hope, resilience and pride. 1000 limited edition, lithograph prints of “American Pride” and “American Pride II” (the second iteration of the work) were signed and numbered by Pat, and proceeds from the sale of the prints were placed in a special fund for the New York City firefighters. In April 2002, Pat flew to NYC to present the original painting with a check to Engine 4, Ladder Company 54, Battalion 9 – the group of firefighters that suffered the most loss from 9/11.
Since then, Pat has done commissions of flags for clients worldwide, including the flags of Italy, Germany and Canada. He has also proudly painted flags from his home state of Arkansas as well as New Mexico, Colorado, California and Texas. Today Pat’s signature flag paintings represent celebration, overcoming hardship, and unshakable pride in the freedom and principles the flags represent. Pat’s flag paintings grace homes, business, judge’s chambers and governors’ collections around the country.
Pat welcomes commissions and his boldly colored flags serve as original and thoughtful gifts for loved-ones. As the holiday season is quickly approaching, consider commissioning a flag painting to represent where you come from or a place you one day hope to go! For commission inquiries, please contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org