Art Brokerage: Thomas Stiltz American Artist: Thomas Stiltz was interested in art at a very early age, and was constantly drawing portraits and cartoons characters in grade school. In middle school, he won scholarships to art classes at the Delaware Art Museum and began to explore painting. Stiltz also studied privately with a local artist, Leo Leskaris, and from that experience, first learned that one could support himself through his art. Stiltz received his B.A. in Fine Art and M.A. in Photography from the University of Delaware. It was during graduate school that Mr. Stiltz received his first photographic shows at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and Neikrug Gallery, both in New York, NY. After graduation Stiltz started a professional photography and graphic design company called, Visual Thinking, in Wilmington, Delaware. He continued having photography shows and was commissioned to produce a large mirror and laminate photographic work for a show called, "Some American History". He worked with artists Dan Johnson, Larry Rivers, and jazz legend Miles Davis, who recorded music for his 30 foot photographic construction. About 15 years ago, Stiltz began a full-time career in painting. Using the language of photography and his skills in photographic lighting, he created large, hyperrealistic still lifes. His subjects are objects that people have strong passions for such as wine, music and flowers. His works have been exhibited by over 40 galleries around the United States, and he has had over 30 one-man shows featuring his photography and paintings. Mr. Stiltz was drawn back into photography in 2009 by the recent advances in digital cameras and ink jet printing technologies.