Matt Jones is a regular face at the gym. He always comes in with a big smile and friendly greeting. We got to talking to him the other day to reveal where this inner contentment comes from. -He enjoys what he does. Read on to hear his story.
Outside of the gym, Matt is an abstract painter. He paints very large pieces and works with designers specializing in providing furnishings and art for high-end residential projects.
Matt had only been painting for 3 months and just sold his first painting in 2004 when he started Gasworks Gallery. He converted a 3 story, 12,000 sq ft warehouse by Lake Union in Wallingford into his art studio, that is still going strong today. The building is a beautiful earthy blue on the outside and turn-of-the-century ultra funky on the inside with a lot of natural light. Over time it evolved into an artist enclave with 60 studios and one really fabulous fully equipped photography studio that he now shares with over a dozen photographers.
Outside of the art world, Matt founded a grassroots community project called MashedPotatoes.org
. Every year Mashed Potatoes delivers 2 semi-truck loads of potatoes to King 5 Team Harvest (Washington’s local hunger relief agency). Last December was their 14th year.
Matt says his life as a painter is a total blast! He’s always thought it was more like play than work and his time in the gym is similar. He does his signature Matt Jones 30-minute workout. The secret to his ease of dedication is that his houseboat is about 2 blocks from the gym and it’s easy for him to just walk over, hit about a dozen machines, back-to-back, in 30 minutes and go back home. Matt says he loves Fremont Health Club because there are a lot of friendly people and the sun shines all day in the space.
If you would like to learn more about Matt and his work check out the links below!
Matt’s bio: http://mattjonesdesign.com/jones/About_Matt.html
The Mashed Potatoes Project: http://mashedpotatoes.org/
Matt’s Paint Dancing project: http://paintdancing.com