Hi, I'm Matt. I love to share what I've learned about art over the years with others.
I'm simply a normal guy that loves to draw and paint, and most of all - teach.
I've had some accomplishments in the art world, but my greatest achievements lie in what my students have been able to accomplish.
What I care about (in a particular order)...
Having been immersed in art all of my life, you would think that the decision to pursue it would be a natural one for me. But like many people, it was a struggle to decide whether or not to follow my passion. However, my passion for art eventually won and I pursued a degree in Illustration.
During my college coursework, I discovered a second love - education. Encouraged by my mentor, I pursued it as well.
My teaching career started at a traditional high school. But during my time there, I was fortunate to play a role in converting the school into a magnet school for visual and performing arts through a federal grant. I was able, with the help of my colleagues, to design the coursework that students would take in the visual arts program. This experience, I consider to be one of my proudest accomplishments.
A couple of years after our school became a magnet school, I was promoted to work as the Lead Teacher for Visual Arts for the school district. While I enjoyed many aspects of that position, I missed having students and watching them develop as artists. After a couple of years at the District Office, I decided it was time to return to my passion of teaching students.
I returned to the classroom for a year, but TheVirtualInstructor.com has allowed me to share with millions of people across the world, who I now consider to be my students. I consider myself fortunate to be both a teacher and an artist that is able to reach so many people.
I am also an Illustrator. I have produced drawings, both digital and traditional, for numerous organizations, publications, and children’s books. While some of my work encompasses many different media and styles, my most recent works are mostly drawings. My recent commissioned drawings are in graphite on charcoal paper. Most of my time is now spent developing TheVirtualInstructor.com, so I am not currently pursuing commissions or illustration work.
I am so blessed to have my amazing wife, Ali. She is also an artist (Interior Designer). She has given me two beautiful girls, Ryan and Avery. And at the time of this writing, we are expecting our third, a boy (finally).
We have two dogs, a miniature Dachshund named "Mr. Bojangles" and a Golden Retriever named "Willie Nelson".
When I'm not working on my art or teaching, I like to play my guitar, or annoy the neighbors on the drums. (I had a former life as a musician in a rock band playing the drums - no, I cannot sing.) I'm also a little obsessed with golf and football.
The image included to the right (or above if you are on a mobile device) is by a former student of mine, David Hua. It is a colored pencil drawing of me in my classroom at the end of a day with students.
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