The SlashDraw.com site and the artwork in it are due in large part to the inspiration of seeing what other great artists have done with their talents – but none of this would exist if it wasn’t for the tremendous support of my family and friends. More than any, my girls – Thank you both. I love you. M.
Matt Kiesling was born in 1975 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River. With trips to some of the country’s foremost zoos a regular part of his upbringing the theme of animals consistently emerge in his work.
From a young age Matt was inspired by many movies, cartoons, and books – including the likes of Alice in Wonderland, The Muppet Show, Looney Toons and Tales from the Crypt. He focused his development on becoming a better artist throughout his formative years and into college where his studies focused around art education and graphic design.
For the past 15 years, however, Matt’s attention has been focused on his role in business development and client management for professional services organizations. The travel requirements of his job, along with enjoying his family, and dedicating time to charities and volunteering had taken most of his focus.
And then came Ben Templesmith.
After being introduced to the artwork of Ben Templesmith, Matt took some time and created a couple of watercolor pieces for charity auction – those pieces were inspired by Templesmith’s style and re-awakened the creative spirit.
With the juices flowing, and a passion to see what else had developed since he had last been deeply involved in the art world Matt began seeking out other inspirational talent. The effort paid off tremendously – the tremendous talents of individuals like Skottie Young, Greg “Craola” Simkins, David Hartman, and Gris Grimly have been greatly motivating and helped Matt to recapture his creative spirit. Adding another item to the focus list: Family / Work / Draw.
With a new attitude and commitment, along with a clear mission, Matt has gotten back into creating new pieces. The goal being something more than just creating artwork – but doing so as a means to help people – that’s the reason that 100% of the profits earned through merchandise sales from this site go to charity.