Lawrence Matthews has worked professionally in film and computers since the 50's, when his still pictures first began to win awards. In the 1970's he helped pioneer the use of large computers to create animated motion picture sequences. In the 90's he began working with digital photographic techniques and custom programming, using his own computer tools to create artwork. Taking advantage of a lifetime's experience in both fields, in 1999 he formed Digi-Art and began offering painted portraits on canvas digitally made from his photographs. His work was the pioneering effort for offering an instant giclee canvas process for portraits.
For the next 8 years, he and his wife Shoshana were seen as 'DIGI-ART' at Mid-Atlantic dog shows, where for each customer they started with original photography and converted portraits to art on canvas produced in under an hour. In 2003 Digi-Art began licensing the process to artists like Maxine (known for her artistry at specialty dog shows).
He is now retired, but still makes prints from his collection of more than 8,000 dog portraits. He has also done cat shows, landscapes, nature, and general subjects.