Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation, he worked in the exhibits department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and later The Nature Conservancy, a national non-profit organization. He started his art studio, Curlew Castings in 1984. His works have been exhibited in one man shows across the country. He is a Master Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a Master Wildlife Artist at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Walter is a regular participant at the Master of the American West Exhibition, Prix de West Invitational and Western Visions National Museum of Wildlife Art. He resides in Dickerson, MD with his wife, daughter, son and two Labradors.