John Matson is an artist and illustrator. Born and raised in Milwaukee, he attended Milwaukee Highschool of the Arts and graduated in 1994 from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) with a BFA in Illustration.
He credits the 1970s book cover artwork of Darrell K. Sweet, the sci-fi/fantasy movie boom of the late 70s and early 80s, and Richard Amsel's movie poster art for Raiders of the Lost Ark as his primary springboards for pursuing a career in the fantasy genre. Within weeks of graduating from MIAD, John started creating work for the game industry, producing hundreds of illustrations for cards, magazines, and book covers and interiors.
After living in Texas for a few years, John moved back to Milwaukee in 1999, where in addition to a sometimes hectic freelance schedule he now teaches multiple courses at MIAD.