Matt Tyree

I've been an artist, or at least drawing, as long as I can remember.

I can't recall a time in my life when I was NOT drawing. It all started when I was very young. I greatly admired my grandfather, John Reichard, who was a commercial artist and was instrumental in forming the artist I am now. Some of my fondest memories are times I spent drawing with my Papa.

My grandfather always said I had a gift and that talent was discovered early by my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Shrader. Then and there, a gifted art program was initiated at my elementary school that would follow me through high school. The experiences in the classes instituted by that program were invaluable. Not only the knowledge and techniques I learned in them, but also the encouragement, constructive criticism, and nurturing of my talent. It seemed that everyone knew and assumed that I would one day do this professionally. They were right...eventually.

I spent the first 18 years of my working life at an architecture firm in downtown Lynchburg, VA. This job was great for paying the bills, but I felt somewhat starved creatively. There was a brief year and a half in the middle of my employment there that I was able to get a taste of my dream. In 2003, I was offered a position with my long-time friend Val Staples doing exactly what we always dreamed of doing: making comic books. I became Art Director for the Masters of the Universe series and would oversee all art production on MOTU and other books produced by MVCreations. That was when I got my first shot at illustrating a series. Val and I created Tales of the Realm years prior and it first saw print in a Funk-O-Tron title, Double Take. Robert Kirkman (writer of acclaimed series The Walking Dead and then-owner of Funk-O-Tron) gave new life to the story as I pencilled the 5-issue series.
MVCreations produced many books in that time from Masters of the Universe to Tales of the Realm to Dragon's Lair to Rob Zombie's Spookshow International. Things were going great, until...

In 2004, just after I had married the love of my life, Donna Marie, I would have to go back to my job at the architecture firm. Dealings with MVCreations' publisher had put our small studio in a bad way and money was getting really tight. Tighter than I, as a young newlywed, could take. So, with great sadness and disappointment, I had to leave MVCreations.

I continued to be a freelance illustrator and designer, honing my skills on nights and weekends until finally I was able to quit the "day job" and strike out on my own as a full-time freelancer.
Val Staples and I still team up as MVCreations on a variety of art projects. One of MV's biggest and most notable clients is the toy company, Hasbro.


Services

I offer a wide range of services in illustration, graphics, and even IT. My hunger for knowledge always sees me trying new things and expanding my skillset. I can handle a variety of projects of all sizes. Check out some of my portfolio and then contact me to see how I can help with your project!

Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for and people to be thankful to. First and foremost I thank God for the blessings, talents, and extraordinary opportunities bestowed on me; my wife, Donna Marie for always being by my side and pushing me to chase my dreams; my family, especially my late grandfather, John Reichard, and my mom, Sandra Campbell, for always nurturing my gifts; Val Staples for always pushing me to strive for more and for the opportunities given; and all the people I've met over the years that have made me feel good about myself and/or helped me improve with some constructive criticism.
I wouldn't be where I am without you.
My Studio
Matt's Studio