Matthew Innis was born in 1971 in the rural farmlands of western New Jersey. Both parents were quite creative. In his spare time his father made wooden and metal toys by hand. His mother had a career as a seamstress and enjoyed knitting as a hobby.
Throughout grade school, Matthew spent countless hours copying images from books and magazines and creating his own cartoon characters. With encouragement from his high school art teacher, Matthew decided to enroll in art at a leading University. After graduation from college, he went on to pursue a career in the commercial arts. He worked in an animation studio, sculpted for the toy industry and created prototype costumes for action figures before becoming an award winning illustrator.
Always wanting to challenge himself and his art, Matthew began a course of studies with some of today's leading artists. Amongst his mentors, Mr. Innis is proud to credit the illustrators Murray Tinkleman, Daniel R. Horne and Eric Peterson and the painters Juan Martinez, Jeremy Lipking, Anthony J. Ryder and Marvin Mattleson.
Matthew's art was included in a recent Salmagundi Club exhibition, he won honorable mention for Artistic Excellence in the 2011 Salon International and was a finalist in the ACOPAL (America China Oil Painting Artist's League) inaugural competition.
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