Matt Ritchie and his family have been a group of the most hospitable people I’ve met since moving to the Bay Area. I always knew him as a dad and park ranger who, according to other people, made awesome miniatures.
When I think of the type of person who builds “miniatures”, I think of little old men with huge glasses who hover over the only light in an otherwise pitch black room, listening to themselves humming over AM radio. Someone on the verge of becoming a kook. It wasn’t until I was invited to Matts studio when I realized how intense his collection of hand made art really was.
Matt didn’t build “miniatures”. He simply created an entire illustrated version of his life that happen to be small enough to be confined to a series of flat files, rat shaped frames, and hand cut wooden boxes. Matt’s pretty much mastered wood working, the use of a ball point pen, composition, story telling, flip books, clean line paintings, button making, and protecting his local park from hoodlums! His studio is one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever visited and was so glad to not only get to snoop around and take some photos, but to also have them featured on Juxtapoz.com, recently.
Check out more photos from my studio visit with artist Matt Ritchie at Juxtapoz.com