Images to Comfort, Encourage and Inspire


Hi, I’m Matt Philleo. Since 1991, I have been creating detailed, realistic pencil drawings and acrylic paintings on commission and exhibition.

My goal is, through beautiful and emotive art, to bring comfort, encouragement, and inspiration, especially to the discouraged and brokenhearted, so they can experience true and lasting peace.

Please contact me if you have any questions and visit my blog posts to see my most current work. If you’d like to be added to my personal and confidential email list, sign up right here.

To learn more about my custom portraits, visit, my official commissioned artwork page

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The Greatest Commandment” (detail)

24″ x 30″

Acrylic on Canvas


  • Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour, Saturday October 1, 10 am-6pm & Sunday October 2, 10am-5pm

A free, self-guided backroads tour of art studios and stops hidden among the farms and woods near Fairchild, Augusta, and Fall Creek, WI. Drive at your own pace, see beautiful artwork and meet the artists who created it! I will be at stop #9!


  • Portrait Drawing Classes: at my studio (Artisan Forge Studios, 1106 Mondovi Rd, Eau Claire, WI) on Tuesdays, October 18 & 25, November 1, 8, & 15 from 6-8pm. Cost: $40 per session or $180 for all 5 sessions (a $20 savings) All materials provided.

This course will benefit the beginner and advanced artist alike in learning how to draw incredibly realistic portraits of people you know, from photo and from life.

As a professional portrait artist, I will share my over 25 years of portrait drawing experience with you, taking you on a step-by-step journey in portrait drawing, by personally teaching, demonstrating, and critiquing so you have the skills you need to succeed.

My no-nonsense method will quickly elevate you from the most simple level of drawing to advanced portraiture.

The best part?

You will walk away from the class with a great portrait that you will be proud to show. All materials, including drawing pencils, paper, erasers, and sharpener are provided. Although this course is designed for adults, older children who are serious in learning how to draw may also participate. 

To sign up, or if you have any questions, contact me.



Here’s the Latest From My Blog…

Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour 2016

Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour 2016

On my way to Bushel and a Peck Apple Orchard last Saturday, I noticed the tops of trees were already aflame with the crimson and gold colors of the approaching fall season. They rarely turn that fast in the city. But somehow in the country, the air seems to be colder and flows freer, causing the stalwart deep green foliage of summer to retreat just enough to let the autumn hues emanate into the leaves again. As an artist, it makes me think of the beautiful, idyllic drive or walk in the country that many folks will be taking as they travel on the Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour. I’ve been a part of it for over five years, and it’s been something I look forward to and prepare for all year long. (At least I try to 🙂 Better than just going to a gallery show or a arts and crafts fair, on the tour, people have a chance to visit the artist in their own environment, see some of them at their craft, whether it be painting a canvas , throwing a pot on a wheel or fashioning a creation out of yarn. In between the stops, you can take in the sights that the rural Augusta and Fall Creek, WI area have to offer during the beginning of autumn. Last year, I had a great time as a guest artist over at Ron La Blanc’s house and studio. Ron does some colorful, detailed landscape paintings and high quality, functional pottery. Not only that, but he and his family are fantastic cooks. Every year, I am blessed... read more
New Art and Getting Back in the Game

New Art and Getting Back in the Game

It’s been way too long since I posted on my blog. Please forgive the lapse. I feel like I’m getting back in the game in working on my blog again. This past month, I was away from home much of the time over in Minnesota, creating a large scale mural like I did last year for the Montessori School. The same client who asked me to paint the massive portrait of his family, hanging out together in their 20’s with New York and Minneapolis in the background had me do another for him. This time, it was a 8′ x 18′ mural of the new US Bank Stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Even a Packer fan has to appreciate the excellence of the Viking’s new venue. Their stadium is a fantastic design, and I heard has tons of artwork on display, as well as several clubs for people to hang out at. My client, Jim, had mentioned this idea back when I delivered the painting to him in April. He showed me his media room, complete with five big-screen TVs on one wall. (Are you kidding me?) His idea was to have the Viking’s new stadium as the backdrop, and then install a score ticker on the top, roughly matching the size that it would be in the actual stadium. I loved it, and I could visualize bringing it to life for him. This would be more than just a picture decorating the room. A mural is not just a painting on a wall–it’s a painted environment. In August, things lined up and Jim pulled the trigger. So I... read more
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