About my Work
“I started my career teaching high school psychology and religion and quickly learned the students’ real education was happening in the hallway, not my classroom. It was moving between classes, where my students experienced the joys and hurts that shaped belief systems and created the lens through which our classroom content was understood and acted upon. Usually, I could only see and touch the edges of their development. Even though I left teaching in 1990, I think that learning process is still very much what life is like, be it home, office, or in the public square. We experience internal, personal, or national conversations all the time that spill into each of our present moments, shaping our interactions and social landscapes. Sometimes we see only the edges in the present. I strive to show that dynamic in my current work. Each of us is always, simultaneously, in the hallway and in the classroom."
"I have been making art all of my life. Growing up I had an endless supply of paper, pencils, and paints always at the ready on a small card table in the corner of the living room. In high school, I took over a part of the family garage as my studio. My father could build anything and my mother was a talented seamstress and artist. From them I learned that if something doesn’t work, you keep trying and learning. Seriously, what great parents!
What does this have to do with my art? I embrace a “discipline of accident,” using whatever happens on the canvas in my process. Making marks and forms I create intuitive, layered abstracts, often recycling dried paint, peeled and scraped from old palettes, to collage onto my paintings reflecting emotions and experiences rooted in memory and place."
After a 2017 studio visit, Raphaela Platow, Director and Chief Curator of the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, OH, commented, “I love that Tom is not afraid to embrace and use color; his paintings are so hopeful.” Tom’s work has been shown in several US cities including New York, Miami, Cincinnati, and in the Bay Area; it is in private and corporate collections across the US. He holds a B.S. in English literature and a M.A. in psychology both of which inform his art making.
Tom and his husband live in their Victorian home in Northern Kentucky across the Ohio River from Cincinnati with Mavis, a Norwich Terrier and Blanche, a rescued West Highland White Terrier. He’s happy to hear from anyone who would like to know more about his work.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
"After Dark," Juried Group Exhibition Arts Benicia, Benicia CA
Blink Art Invitational Group Showcase Exhibition ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH
Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Label Competition, Finalist
Art Santa Fe, with OPUS Art Collective managed by Jen Tough Gallery, International Group Exhibition Santa Fe, NM
"Guilty Pleasures," Juried Group Exhibition Jen Tough Gallery, Vallejo, CA
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Semi-finalist and Online winner
Blink Art / ADC 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Invitational Group Exhibition ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH
ArtExpo New York, International Group Exhibition New York City NY
"Art Comes Alive," International Juried Group Exhibition (since 2012) ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH
"Contemporaries," Invitational Group Exhibition Greenwich House Galley, Cincinnati OH
Honorable Mention Award, "Pastel 100", International Juried Competition, Pastel Journal
"Black and White," Juried Group Exhibition Pop Revolution Gallery, Mason, OH
SPECTRUM Miami, International Group Exhibition Miami FL
Abstract Artist of the Year Award, "Art Comes Alive" International Juried Exhibition ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati OH
Honorable Mention Award, International Juried Exhibition World Wide Art, Los Angeles CA
Finalist, 30th Annual Art Competition The Artist's Magazine
PARADE, Juried Group Exhibition Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Covington KY
Solo Exhibition University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
SOS ART 08, Group Exhibition Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
"Visions IX," International Juried Exhibition The Cathedral Gallery, Covington KY
Solo Exhibition The Cathedral Gallery, Covington KY
“Figures,” Juried Group Exhibition Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Covington KY
Juried Group Exhibition The Cinergy Foundation, Cincinnati OH
The Big Pig Gig ARTWORKS public art project, Cincinnati OH