Moving Paintings by Steve Matson

This is a short demo, final piece will be 10 minutes.

Video 2:49 – Seasons – Artist Steve Matson

Behind the scenes video of how Steve created his latest piece “Seasons.”

“I wanted to show the seasons changing to reflect the changing cycles in our own lives.”
—Steve Matson

“Sea Cliffs”

A great demonstration of how Steve puts together a scene from his Moving Paintings.

About Steve Matson

Steve Matson, Artist

“What if a painting could move and change?

What would that feel like, what could it do?

This is what I’ve spent the past 30 years exploring and I still feel that I’ve only scratched the surface.”

—Steve Matson, Artist


Steve Matson combines his fine art painting background with 25 years working in visual effects for film.

He starts with traditional paints on canvas and combines it with cinematography, digital visual effects, digital painting, careful animation, music and sound effects.

His process is incredibly complex and take 6-12 months to create.


From his early beginnings as a fine art painter and illustrator in Hawaii, to painting amazing environments in Hollywood films. this truly visionary artist has always looked to redefine what’s possible in art.

For over 30 years it has been his goal to bring paintings to life, organically and without compromise. He would have to wait 20 years for technology to mature to the point where he could realize that goal.

Through this waiting period he was not idle. He’s had an award winning career creating matte paintings for films such as: Life of Pi (Academy Award for Best Visual Effects 2013), Polar Express, Star Wars EP3, Superman, The Chronicles of Narnia, Surfs Up, Beowulf, 300 to name a few.

In 2008 he created his first Moving Painting, achieving his life-long goal. Steve’s life has never be the same since, 12 years on and 12 Moving Paintings later (each work takes 6-12 months to complete), he now has hundreds of collectors all over the globe. With each new work, he continually pushes the boundaries of this seemingly unlimited new medium.