Matt Rinard, was born October 24, 1964, IN Meridian, Mississippi. His family moved every three years and by age thirteen, he had lived in six states. His father, an overbearing Admiral in the Navy, urged Matt not to go into art but ‘’to get a real job’’. Nevertheless Matt attended N.O.C.C.A. (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and later graduated from Florida State University with a degree in graphic design. In 1988, after a brief stint as a high school teacher, Matt launched Spilled Inc., an art publishing enterprise. The business still adheres to Matt’s time worn philosophy: ‘’If my parents like it, it won’t sell’’ Even today Matt gets input from his parents and torches anything they like. Constant sources of inspiration are his two four-legged children and his beautiful wife Cam. Matt is the official artist for the Krewe of Barkus. He was commissioned by designer David Dart to create an exclusive clothing line for Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s. He has a greeting card line that is available in stores throughout North America. He was selected by the Gronou Jazz Festival in Germany to be their official artist. Matt Rinard has had numerous one-man shows in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Gronau, Bonn, and Berlin. He is the official artist for the New Orleans parade Barkus. He was the official artist for the New Orleans Ironman 70.3. He was the official artist for the French Quarter Festival for six straight years 1991 to 1997. He was the official artist for the Crescent City Classic in 1999. Matt Rinard works primarily in gouache a highly pigmented and opaque watercolor. This is painted on 300lb archival Arches hot press watercolor paper. His serigraphs use the finest ultraviolet ink, which is extremely durable and provides a lifetime of enjoyment without fading or discoloring. The lithographs are done on an 1810 Voirin French press that also provides highly pigmented inks that will resist fading and preserve the integrity of the print for more than a lifetime. These two processes are the most elaborate, costly and effective way to reproduce art while maintaining the brilliance and accuracy of the original creation. He depicts animals displaying very human characteristics and the work is best described as post pop art. His paintings and prints are also prized for their bold composition and vibrant colors, but it is his quirky sense of humor and his subject matter that have won him a devoted following among pet owners around the world. Matt is slowly trying to expand his global empire. Japan, England, Australia, Canada, Germany, France and the United States are currently the only countries in the world where you can buy this well produced, witty art.