Leonard Matte is a Western Canadian artist who has been residing in Burns Lake, British Columbia. Born in 1960, he was raised in the Vancouver Mainland where he spent most of his life. Always a practicing artist, he has had other professions including teaching painting and drawing classes to both children and adults. For four years, he taught several art classes for the Continuing Education Program of the Vancouver School Board. From the University of British Columbia, Leonard has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Professional Teacher’s Certificate. Leonard’s work has been widely collected in British Columbia and Alberta, with some pieces in Europe. Having had work displayed in galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington and California, Leonard has taken part in a number of group and one man shows. In addition, twice his art has been featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest Magazine; this was August 1992 (English Version) and July 1996 (French Version). The strength of Leonard’s acrylic and watercolour paintings lies in his expressive style celebrating the flow of nature through the use of broad, loose brushstrokes of vibrant colours and rich tones. He uses wet-on-wet techniques with both mediums.