Thomas John Shillea, (b. 1947) is an American artist, specializing in a variety of media including painting and photography. He began drawing at the age of two and throughout his childhood made thousands of photorealistic drawings. He earned a BS in Art Ed. from Kutztown University. He taught high school art until he finally decided to earn an MFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
During his graduate work at RIT he studied museum practices in the Exhibition Department at the George Eastman House. This experience introduced him to the platinum photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Session photographers. Shillea decided to learn the process of platinum print and has continued to pursue this technique since.