About Me


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 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.

Presently, I'm back in the classroom teaching art - doing what I love. I love to teach and share what I know with others. I am able to do this in my own physical classroom, but TheVirtualInstructor.com has allowed me to share with millions of people across the world. 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.

Take a look at my work by visiting mattfussell.com.  Thanks for visiting thevirtualinstructor.com

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