Steve Matthews Bio, b. August 9, 1957, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Steve Matthews is a multi-media artist who works with words and images. He has forty years experience as a broadcast journalist, print reporter, newspaper columnist, as well as photographer, video documentary maker, sports announcer (hockey), and first-responder to large-scale humanitarian disasters around the world. His pictures and writing have been published in the London Free Press, Toronto Star, New York Times, Time Magazine, UK Express, Melbourne Age, and numerous other publications.
His initial broadcast career was primarily as a morning news writer/anchor in London, Ontario.
From there he moved to a second career in reporting from disaster zones contributing to CBC, CTV, Global TV News, ITN, BBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. It was during his emergency deployments he called upon all of his skills as spokesperson, photographer, writer, and documentary maker.
Steve Matthews first love was radio and television. Later, photography consumed his passions as he reported from disaster zones from 1997 till 2013. He was deployed thirty-five times to places such as Southern Sudan, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Darfur, Somalia, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Peru, El Salvador, Jamaica, and Bangladesh, with an extended stay in Sri Lanka for the 2004 tsunami response.
With no surprise, the pace of life and dangerous work caught up with Steve in 2010 during theHaiti earthquake response. A period of care and reflection pointed Steve toward a more positive existence.
During one of his numerous solo motorcycle trips, he met someone at a cafe in Pie Town, New Mexico. Two pieces of pie, two coffees and conversation resulted in a new direction. She said to him, “Steve, look for the beauty.” After more than a decade of reporting news, and sixteen years of witnessing human suffering up close, it was time to see the world through a new lens.
Steve’s art, like his life experiences, are all over the map. To the casual observer, it may be difficult to find a theme in the body of his work, but it is there. His intricate, colourful collages explore the freedom of the motorcycle, vast highways, landscapes and cityscapes,, and the love of vintage Monroe and fishnet stockings. It only takes a moment to be drawn into one of his works, and it could take years to see the details.
Steve lives in London, Ontario with his partner Barb. They enjoy gardening, eating well, motorcycles, scuba diving, camping and their friends and family.