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!

“Inscribed” 

14″ x 17″

Pencil on Paper


UPCOMING SHOWS:

  • 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…

8 Reasons Why I’m Back to Writing the Book

8 Reasons Why I’m Back to Writing the Book

Almost two years ago, I decided I was going to write a book on encouragement. Initially, it was going to be just a brief E-Book, but then… Then, I started asking for a few folks to contribute their stories–stories of how they went through struggles in life, but somehow made it through. Several people responded, and I had stories that I could include to truly add life to the book! This meant that the book needed to expand and with several concepts brewing in my head, I knew that I had enough content for a full-length printed book. My goal was (and still is) to make this a unique book by including a lot of paintings, drawings, and illustrations to go with the concepts and stories.     I had a title already picked out for it: Light Arises in the Darkness: How to Go Through Suffering and Experience Incredible Joy. The premise of the book is that in the middle of your biggest trials, fears, disillusionment and devastations, God would meet you in the dark place and pour out His light, love and mercy on you, if you would only seek Him. I know, because I’ve been there, and experienced it. Maybe you have too! This was a book that I needed to write. Even as an artist, sometimes pictures just aren’t enough to communicate a message that dives down so deep into who you are. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I would need at least a hundred pictures to share this message of hope with others. Words are needed too. Soon enough, these words flowed... read more
5 Steps to Shade Your Portraits Right

5 Steps to Shade Your Portraits Right

How do you get your portrait paintings to look lifelike? Here’s a 5-step printable guide to get you on the road to realism. Click here to download the full resolution 8.5″ x 11″ printable file.   It will help get you on the right track in using color and value and correctly, so that your acrylic portrait painting looks lifelike. All of this is in a standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ printable guide that you can keep for easy reference. Although it will not solve all your painting problems,you’ll be able to use it as an excellent tool to get your painting going in the right direction, or even give you some solid principles to go by if you’re stuck.  Let me know what you think of it and how it helps. Be blessed in your painting adventures and I’ll be in... 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!


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