Siemens Wind Power called for proposals from artists with significant connections to Kansas.
Matthew's roots in Kansas grow deep and entwined as the roots of the Cottonwood tree.
Matthew has been a Kansan for over half a century and made a living as a professional artist focused on Kansas for the past three decades. Matthew grew up in a house filled with the art of his mother, noted Kansas painter and sculptor Marilyn Richter. His mother taught him how art can manifest the highest aspirations of the human race and bring individuals self-actualization.
"I am glad to have become a recognized artist, giving flight to the eyes and heart
of a prairie-dwelling people." --Matthew Richter
Matthew's family has resided in Kansas since 1854. That year his great-great-grandparents, Joseph
and Sarah Jane Denison, first arrived in the wind-scraped Flint Hills. After struggling across the endless
prairie, the Denisons founded Kansas State University, which has developed into a world-class agricultural research facility. The limestone prairie house of Matthew's great-great-aunt, Ellen Denison Goodnow,
sister to Joseph Denison, now stands as a Kansas State Historical Site in Manhattan, Kansas.
Matthew's deep roots in Kansas, born of generations of struggle in the relentless wind,
give him the background necessary to portray, through his painting, the power and balance
the wind brings to the lives of the Kansas people.