Matt Tomko was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has always had a passion for nature and wildlife.  He started drawing in order to keep some small part of it with him.  As a child, he used to catch birds and small animals for the same reason.  He had this little boy's need to literally hold on to nature any way that he could. 
Matt studied art more seriously in his mid-teens under the direction of Judith Keats.  He experienced early successes in winning competitions and held his first solo show at age sixteen.  However, life took him in other directions for a long period after that time.  He received a BA in Mathematics from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and worked in various Engineering and Manufacturing Management roles for more than twenty years creating art only occasionally during those years. 

In 2005 Tomko renewed a serious interest in art, took up his brushes and oil paints, and once again studied under the direction of Judith Keats in Pennsylvania.  He moved to North Carolina near the picturesque Eno River in 2009, studied under the direction of Chad Hughes, and since then has pursued his passion even more earnestly.  Art became his profession as well as his passion and he now maintains a studio in the prestigious Golden Belt Art Complex in Durham North Carolina.  His work has been extensively exhibited in juried, group, and solo exhibitions and is held in private collections throughout the country.

Being inspired by nature and wildlife, Matt regularly visits our treasured parks and wildlife refuges for inspiration.  His trips have included Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Acadia, Shenandoah, and Everglades National Parks,  Forsythe, Cape May, Loxahatchee, and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuges as well as state and local parks too numerous to mention.  He creates art in order help more people recognize the need to continue preserving these special places and views our natural places as national treasures.
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