Matt Harline spent much of his life as a Computer Engineer developing computer hardware and managing engineers developing enterprise computer systems… the kind of computer that this web page is hosted on. In 2016 Matt literally ran into an opportunity to restart his first love of creating works of art.
At first, he painted watercolors of flowers from photographs he had taken, or from pictures found on the internet. He continued to paint landscapes, pets, birds and other wildlife, and occasionally people. Several of these pieces of artwork he has sold to friends and relatives, and to his former employee (Microsemi Corp.) where they are displaying them in the conference rooms of their Roseville Offices.
Matt grew up in San Jose, California. He attended Joaquin Miller Junior High School (now called a “middle school”) and Lynbrook High School where he loved the art classes he took. At Lynbrook, he took 4 years of art from Bonnie Bedford-White, and considered majoring in Art in college. Others convinced him that it would be wise to major in something he could make a living at, and so he studied Engineering… first at Brigham Young University, then at Purdue University. Working for AT&T Bell Labs in Indianapolis, Indiana for 4 years, then Hewlett-Packard Company for 27 years, and then PMC-Sierra/Microsemi Corp for 4 years. These jobs took him to Indianapolis, Palo Alto California, Roseville California, Singapore and back to Roseville. But the time to work as a computer engineer, and to be a husband and father for three children left little time for making art a hobby. But the desire was always there.
When, through a series of events which kept him indoors and away from work and eventually led to long term disability leave, he picked up his paint brush and started painting. He found energy and happiness in returning to his first career. Matt could now be considered a “Free Lance Artist”, creating artwork for himself and others to bring happiness and beauty into our living spaces.
Matt’s artistic interests are in nature, flowers, landscapes, and animals… and sometimes people.
In addition to creating works of art, Matt currently volunteers as a volunteer Art Docent for the elementary schools where his grandchildren attend. He is a volunteer Family Program Guide at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento (taking young preschool and kindergarten students on tours of the museum), and he walks dogs as a volunteer at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary. He also walks his own dogs, Orion and Ellie, early each morning, where he often stops to admire the sunrise, or listen to the birds sing.