Matthew Hillier was born and brought up on the south coast of England. After study art at college in Wales, where he studied wildlife illustration, he spent many years illustrating books and magazines before becoming an artist. He moved to the United States in 2000 and settled on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he lives with his wife, the artist Julia Noffsinger Rogers, and his family. He is a multi-award–winning artist in both America and Great Britain who is best known for his marine and wildlife paintings. He also loves to teach and regularly leads workshops around the country. He was just honored as the featured artist at this year’s Waterfowl Festival. He is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Society of Animal Artists. He travels widely in search of subjects to paint. He has spent time in Southeast Asia as well as Africa. He paints in oils.