Lar Matre, Nantahala National Forest Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement Born in California near the middle of the 20th century.
Adventurous as hell (Lar broke his back when he was just 12), he was involved with bicycling racing, speed skating, motorcycle racing, and soaring. Life, LOOK, and National Geographic were his favorite magazines.
He bought his first 35mm camera in 1967, then taught himself processing and printing from library books. Many were returned late. Some with a chemical smell.
As an award-winning photographer, Lar Matré went on to shoot print advertising; produce, direct and edit broadcast advertising; and produce and direct sports programming for ESPN and Spike.
He also appeared in a commercial for TBS, partied at the Playboy mansion, and went skiing with Penthouse magazine. Matré has been the executive producer of countless TV commercials and corporate films.
He's also a graphic designer, as well as a skilled photo retoucher and compositor. Oh, and he architected the advertising computer system for the largest retailer in the US, while consulting with the Federal Government and other Fortune 500 companies.
Currently, Lar is in the midst of deciding what he wants to do when he grows up.
NEED HELP DIGITIZING PAINTINGS? If you'd like some free guidance on digitizing your flat art (paintings, sketches, etc.), Imagekind and FineArtAmerica recommends Lar's post on the subject:
Simply visit: http://matre.com/731/
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