I'm Gregory Matthews. I sign my artwork "PuZ" - an abbreviation for the nickname "Pussness" which was given to me in highschool.
I am 45 years old. I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but grew up in
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. I currently live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where I work as a freelance web designer.
My Mom & Dad still live in Cornwall. My sister and her family are there as well. My brother lives in Norway with his
wife and daughter.
I went to highschool in Cornwall and graduated in 1991. I attempted Carleton University in Ottawa immediately afterwards,
but found out the hard way that I just wasn't ready. After a long and drawn out battle with Schizophrenia, I enrolled at
the St. Lawrence College Cornwall Campus in September 2005 and graduated with two computer-related diplomas. Although
I did really well, keeping a 4.0 GPA, I was unable to find work. I enrolled at the St. Lawrence College Kingston Campus
in September 2009 and graduated with another computer-related diploma - I even managed to keep my 4.0 GPA.
Thanks to a good friend, I was able to enter self-employment after graduation. I've been working in Kingston as a
self-employed web designer ever since. If you are interested in knowing more about my work, please check out
https://gmatthewswebdesign.com, the site I dedicate to work.
I am an Elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Kingston
and am very active with my church family. I am currently the Bookings Coordinator and am responsible for the audio during
services. I also sit on the Property & Maintenance Committee, Leading with Care Committee and Church Usage Committee.
As far as hobbies go, I am an avid gamer. Boardgames, card games, table-top role-playing games, and video games - I devote
time to them all. My favourite boardgame is Talisman. My favourite card game is Munchkin. My favourite RPG is D&D5e.
My favourite video game is Lego Dimensions. I could take up the whole page if I were to list everything! Although many
people know me for my artwork, I set aside my drawing to concentrate on college and am a little embarrassed to admit that
I never picked it back up. Hopefully, I will start finding more time to draw - I really do miss it.
Awards & Recognition
Diplomas & Transcript
I won a series of awards when I graduated highschool, including the Govenor General's Medal for having the highest grades
in the region during my graduation year. I was a bit surprised, but didn't really appreciate what I had achieved. It wasn't
until I received awards during my college years that I understood what I had done. I have three college diplomas:
Computer Engineering Technician class of 2007, Computer Engineering Technology class of 2008, and Computer Programmer
Analyst class of 2012. I maintained a 4.0 GPA for all three - (that means I got an A+ in every class). My efforts got me
15 awards and 2 Governor General Medals. The awards were mostly related to my grades. The Governor General Medals (class of
2008 and class of 2012), mean that I had the highest grades in any diploma program across all three St. Lawrence College
Although, not as prestigious as my college awards, I did actually win something for my artwork in 2001. A friend told me about
the competition being held in Westport, Ontario, Canada, and helped me properly frame two entries. Both were based on designs
that are a part of my 2001 - An Art Odyssey collection: my redesign of
"Contemplating the Sting" (2001/05/03) didn't garner much attention, but my redesign of "Beaver's Light" (2001/02/12) won third
place in the Adult Miscellaneous division. I got a lovely little yellow ribbon and small plaque.
Believe it or not, but my struggle with mental illness actually got me some recognition as well! When I moved back to Cornwall
in 2005, I got involved with the Canadian Mental Health Assoction (CMHA) of Champlain East. When I left the board to go to
Kingston, I was given a small plaque thanking me for my "Signigicant Contributions" - yeah, they misspelled the word. I was
definitely surprised and very thankful.
In 2010, I was presented with an Inspiration Award. This is given out to a small collection of people and groups every year
through the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to recognize people who have succeeded in the face of mental illness. There was a
black-tie affair held at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa. I got to meet Daniel Alfredsson there - he had just recently become
a spokesperson for mental illness through the group. I was given a really neat hand-made glass sculpture trophy.
Enjoy Your Visit
I hope you enjoy surfing around this site. The first version appeared many, many years ago with a free chunk of the Internet.
In 2010, I bought my server space through HostPapa, and this incarnation
of the site was born.
You will find a good sized collection of my artwork posted up here, and,
periodically, you will find an online store for purchasing Christmas cards. I've also got a page dedicated to my
gaming interests, as well a place I like to put up a bunch of whatever that
I have dubbed "Rantings". Also, feel free to visit my
contact page to send me a message.