Portraits 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 TraditionStudio.com, my official commissioned artwork page

Thanks for visiting!


14″ x 17″

Pencil on Paper


  • Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour, September 30 and October 1, 10am-6pm–a backroads tour through Augusta, Fall Creek, and Fairchild, WI. I will be exhibiting original paintings and prints.
  • Manyfires Art Fair, October 7 10am-4pm–A lively art show at the Sundby’s country studio in Fall Creek, WI. I will be doing live portrait sketches, as part of the entertainment, for free!
  • Learn How to Paint in Acrylic, Winter Session, dates TBA: This course will benefit the beginner and advanced artist alike in learning how to paint incredibly realistic portraits of people you know, from photo and from life.


Here’s the Latest From My Blog…

Original Painting of a Now-Non-Existent Building

Original Painting of a Now-Non-Existent Building

  Here is a painting I did of a building in my town that is now no longer there. I title this “The Original Upland,” (24″ x 30″, acrylic on hardboard) because it used to be the home of Upland Distributing, Inc. a vacuum and filtration sales and service company where I used to work years ago, as a traveling service technician.         While I worked there I built up a relationship with my boss, the owner. Since I knew the building was slated to be demolished soon, and the owner would have to move his business into another building after being there for nearly 20 years, I thought a painting would be an encouragement to him. It would help keep the memories alive. It was something I felt God wanted me to do to bless him, and I waited for a while, but when I knew that demolition was imminent, I got out my camera and took some pictures.             Maybe I’m a newbie at camera lenses, or I just tried to do the best I could with my small digital camera, but backed up by the buildings on the other side of the street, I couldn’t get the angle I wanted for image. So I took a few images and “frankensteined” them together on Photoshop, using the warp and perspective tool to change the angle of the building to match the photos seamed together. Never mind the cut-up-half floating car! That won’t be in the actual painting!     With this layout, I now had an image to paint! Here’s the... read more
[Light Arises in the Darkness] Chapter 1, Part 2: The Purpose of Suffering

[Light Arises in the Darkness] Chapter 1, Part 2: The Purpose of Suffering

  In my last post, I shared with you a portion of the first chapter for the book, Light Arises in the Darkness: How to Go Through Suffering and Experience Incredible Joy. Originally, I put all of Chapter 1 into one post, but it was too long, so I broke it up into two segments…   The question in that first post was…Why is there suffering? I talked about the reasons why–what causes it, but now you may be asking, “What good can come out of suffering? Why is it necessary?” Let’s dive into that today. We’ll finish up Chapter 1 where we discuss, “What is the Purpose of Suffering? I invite you to become a part of my Reader’s Review Group and I’ll let you know whenever I have a new section on the book written. Also, you will receive a discount on the actual book when it’s published. Click here and Join today!   Light Arises in the Darkness How to Go Through Suffering and Experience Incredible Joy Copyright 2017 by Matt Philleo. All rights reserved. (To help you navigate through the book. I’ll be including links below to various posts…) CONTENTS Introduction Why is there Suffering Acknowledging Your Suffering Suffering Caused by Financial Problems Suffering Caused by Health Problems Suffering Caused by Loss Problems Suffering Caused by Relationship Problems Suffering Caused by Internal Problems Seeking the Lord in Your Suffering Responding to His Presence and Encouragement Becoming an Encourager   “Still Before Spring,” 11 x 14, acrylic on canvas by Matt Philleo   “This is one of the sad conditions of life, that experience is not transmissible. No man... read more

"I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands."

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"Inscribed," Pencil on Paper, by Matt Philleo

One day, when I was discouraged I read a verse in the Bible, in Isaiah, 49:15-16, where it says, "Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands." This verse brought such encouragement, that I created this original work of art to share the incredible love of God with others, including you!

Get a free 8 x 10 copy of this drawing that you can use to print, share, or as wallpaper!

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