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Thursday September 21st 2017

The Art of Matthew D. Hughes

Originally from Ravenna, Nebraska, Matthew D. Hughes moved with his family to Lawton when his wife received orders to be stationed at Fort Sill. Hughes began his educational career at Cameron in 2010 where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since that time he has become a student in the Cameron Honors program and the current president of the Cameron University Art Guild.

Hughes enjoys making art as a way of self expression by becoming completely emerged in whatever piece he is working on.

“Like many artists, I create art as a way of self expression,” Hughes said. “I have always enjoyed making art; it is a way for me to escape. When I am working on a piece, I become completely focused and enter an almost meditative state. Art is a wonderful way for me to withdraw from the world and center my self.”

Even though art comes naturally to Hughes, he tributes much of his artistic knowledge to his grandmother.

“My grandmother was a folk artist in Nebraska, so I learned from her,” Hughes said. “However, art was something that came naturally to me.”

Hughes draws inspiration from all his relationships and life experiences.

“As with everything in my life, my family is a great inspiration to me. I have a wonderful wife and two amazing kids,” Hughes said. “I enjoy incorporating my family members into my art. Additionally, I also like to work with architectural subjects, especially buildings and sights that I have visited.”

The year 2013 promises to be a big year for Hughes as he travels to Italy to experience the culture, art and history of that part of the world and works to complete his degree at Cameron.

“During spring break I will be visiting Italy where I am sure I will be inspired by the great art and architecture there,” Hughes said. “This inspiration will undoubtedly lead to many ideas for artwork. The 2013 fall semester with be the beginning of my senior, so I will also begin looking into graduate programs as I plan on pursuing my Master of Fine Arts degree so that I can one day teach at the university level.”

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