Tom was born in Boston, Massachusetts. A natural talent, he drew his first sketches at the age of six and went on to study art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. Upon graduating from the prestigious Art Institute of Boston, Mielko was one of the few artists asked to teach painting there. Since 1968, he has lived his dream of painting as a profession. During his 40+ year career as a painter, New England-born, California-based artist, Tom has refined his “Romantic Realism” style to include unusual perspective and emotion-filled colors in shore life paintings.
Tom divides his time between his home on Nantucket and his home in Santa Barbara. His passion for both coasts are well represented in his art, as is his talent for adding a hint of mystery or fantasy to many of his works.