I love this painting of myself and the kids, it seems to sum up their personalities.

Sadie Frost The Guardian 18.12.07



Hi Matt,
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for our amazing painting! It’s just stunning
– the children look like they are about to walk out of the canvas! You’ve completely captured them. They had such a fantastic time whilst you were photographing them too. The photos alone were brilliant, beautifully natural and just what we were hoping for. I couldn’t have expected such a wonderful outcome. As my kids grow up, I will always have them with me on the wall!

You are such a brilliant talent. Thanks again. Love,


Firstly can I just say how thrilled weare with the painting. It really is so beautiful and far exceeds any expectations I may have had. It is up already and is a real joy to look at so thank you so much Matt.

Charlotte x




Twelve years ago I was having a drink in a local pub with my two sons and a number of their friends including Matt Burley. Matt and I were standing at the bar, looking down it at my sons and their friends. I asked Matt if he could paint the scene and this lead to a painting of a group of eight boys and one girl, then aged in their late teens or early twenties, measuring about 120cm by 90cm. It has hung on my study was ever since.

My affection for the painting was such that ten years later I commissioned Matt to produce a second painting in another local pub, this time with seven of the original cast plus my son’s wife and Matt. We are very happy with both paintings and have a third Burley painting which is a study of water. His work has been much admired.


Mike Smith



Matthew has created two paintings for my wife and l over the years, both wonderful portraits of our children. They really are fantastic portraits with such great detail and continue to give all of us immense pleasure. I would not hesitate to approach Matthew for our next commission and thoroughly recommend the quality of his work, his professionalism and his incredible talent.


Paul Mason


 Dear Matthew,

We feel awful about not being in touch with you sooner to thank you for the AMAZING portrait you painted of Ottilie, it’s quite breath taking. We just can’t stop looking at it and feel so priviledged to have it, thank you so very much.

We’ve good news here, I’m expecting a new baby in November so in a few years time we’ll be back in touch to have another portrait done if that’s ok with you.

Take care of yourself and your wife and hope all works out for you in America, wherever you end up.

Lots of love and thanks again, Isobel & Mike xx






Thank you so much for doing this for us, really appreciate it. We will treasure it forever.

James Sutton ACIM