Matt Carrano is a painter based in Somerville, Massachusetts. His work uses the landscape, still life, or human figure as a point of departure; a vehicle for creating an abstract composition. The faithfulness to actual observation in these paintings varies. Some are done from direct observation. Others are improvisations on observed subjects. Still others are derived completely from memory and imagination.
These painting are abstractions in the purest sense of the word. While the work is grounded in representation, description is never a deliberate objective. Color is used expressively as a vehicle to evoke feeling: a sense of time and space. One of the most exciting things that happens in the act of painting is when the work takes on its own reality, when it suggests places either remembered or imagined, and through this image a conversation is invoked between the artist and viewer.