"Painting The Landscape"... A Way To Recapture An Innocence
American Impressionist painter Matthias Fischer began his award winning career in art early in his life. Looking back, Fischer recalls his childhood, growing up in Europe in a small country village in the German county of Sayn–Wittgenstein–Berleburg as a pivotal marker and a real positive influence to his evolving artistic career. The isolation and remoteness taught Matthias early on a self-preservation through hard work and perseverance. Fischer remembers those times with affection and wonder. “All my experiences as a boy in the countryside in a time and place where things were very innocent, grafted onto my life.” Fischer says. “These memories seeded so deeply into my soul that the move to the big, energetic city of Los Angeles was not to diminish my country roots.”

Matthias has been as he calls it “an observer of life”. He tends to quietly absorb his surroundings projecting and retaining images in the back of his mind. “You must not paint what you see... You must paint what you remember"... he quotes Edgar Degas.” “Pictures are MY world” Fischer contends. “There are so many fleeting moments, so many poetic reflections that spring from my childhood. In retrospect, what a blessing to have grown up in a place of isolation, a place which nurtured all my artistic sensibilities and pursuits.” A Successful Career In The Advertising Industry That Spans Over Two And A Half Decades Matthias was very fortunate to be encouraged by his family in the pursuits of art. His early surroundings were filled with paintings, music and poetry. In 1978, at the age of 12, his formal art training began with the enrollment in a three-year fine art program at the “Ecole ABC De Paris”. He then continued his art education in Germany until Fischer emigrated to the United States in 1987, first living in Northern California and later moving down to Southern California where he continued his artistic pursuits at the Art Center College in Pasadena. He graduated from Art Center in 1991 with a degree in Graphic Design and embarked on a successful career in commercial art.

His career as a leading designer in corporate advertising, packaging design, as well as design in the entertainment industry spans over two decades of creative, working on such large national and international accounts as Procter & Gamble; The Venetian Hotel and Resort, Las Vegas; RHR International: Pepsi Cola; Emerald Airlines; Universal Studios Theme Park, Orlando and The Walt Disney Company...etc. Fischer has been recognized with numerous awards in the design industry and his work has been published in Japan and the US.

His True Passion... Painting As An Impressionist
While building his career in advertising, Fischer never stopped following his true passion in life...moving paint on canvas. "Fine art is one of those professions that give life real meaning." Fischer affirms:”Retreating into a painting is a form of meditation. There are moments of direct intuition. The final result is a work of art that might reveal those glimpses of a higher existence.”

A Quietly Resounding Air Of Independence
Today Matthias lives with his wife Brooke in the foothills above Pasadena where he works out of his studio. As an avid collector of fine art and antiques, Fischer finds inspiration in his own collection of Barbizon school artists Jules Dupré and Louis Caillou-Legendre: “You can taste the emergence of impressionism in their work.” Other artists like Camille Corot, Camille Pissarro have great influence on Fischer’s work. His love for painting is taking him to lots of places. His favorite landscapes are found in the countryside of France. “I have come full circle, growing up in Europe, now living as an American in California and returning to France in my travels."

Fischer’s paintings are heartfelt and have a quietly resounding air of independence. His paintings are vivid in color. Matthias tries to, in his words, achieve a vibration with color interaction that brings the canvas alive. His unique brushwork is active and livens the space. Fischer finds a painting must command an acquired respect. He believes a painting does not necessarily have to grab you right away but it has to grow on you to be a successful work of art. “To tell a story is a very important aspect of a successful painting”, Fischer contends, “...and to imprint your own sensibilities and your own view on that story, that gives the painting its life”