...alongside the team responsible for restoring the interiors of the Michigan State Capitol. This two-year apprenticeship with Evergreene Architectural Arts trained him in the manifold techniques wielded by master decorative painters. After completing the restoration project, Mathew returned to working with general contractors in Lansing in high-end tiling and flooring before moving to Chicago in 1995. There he resumed interior finishing and decorative painting in residential properties earning him an outstanding reputation with clients, interior designers and fellow decorative painters across the city. One of Mathew's most recent projects includes the restoration of the dining room ceiling of the Dawes House, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
For Mathew, art, design, and architecture come second nature. He grew up in a home where there was a constant dialogue about art, engineering, design and how it all fit together. His home was under constant renovation by his father, who spent 34 years as a professor in the art department at Michigan State. Growing up Mathew learned to carve stone, hammer nails, and fashion whatever he dreamt of from the materials that lay before him. This unique upbringing provided him with an open horizon and gave him a keen sense of design, purpose, and possibilities.