ABOUT TOM

Art captures a unique impression of our world while becoming a window into our soul.

I’ve always loved to create. Ever since I was young, it was my desire to capture images and communicate ideas on paper. Much of my childhood memories take me back to our dining room table or to our garage where I spent hours creating all kinds of “stuff” with my family. Art for me has always been exciting, always rewarding.

After graduating high school, I attended the American Academy of Art. The instruction I received there moved me beyond simple amateur approaches and provided me with the tools to pursue a career as a commercial illustrator.  It was also there where I was highly influenced and inspired by Irving Shapiro, a true master in the art of watercolor painting.

Shortly after completing the program, I was hired at Eaton & Iwen, a premier illustration studio located in the city  of Chicago where I created hand illustrated storyboards for animated features, films and commercials as well as a variety of ad campaigns. I worked alongside of art directors and marketing specialists providing quality marker renderings and illustrations for a number of clients including Suave, Kraft Foods, Oldsmobile, Keebler, McDonalds, Quaker Oats and Kelloggs.

Through a number of events, life-changing decisions and faith-filled risks (it's a long story), I left the studio for the classroom and studied theology - eventually receiving both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Christian Ministries. I've served in a variety of ministry leadership roles in Indiana, New York, Chicago and now in  Ventura County, California.

So what happened to the art? Even though I have been a part of so many amazing experiences over the past 18 years... leading, teaching, serving and counseling others... I've always loved to create. And teach. And empower. I love to encourage others in their unique gifting.

As an artist, I paint with bold, colorful brush strokes creating symbols and shapes that allow the colors to blend on the paper and draw the viewer into the work. Painting with Arches 140lb cold press paper and Daniel Smith paints, I can think of no other place I would rather be to unwind and relax than in my home art studio in Ventura County. 

I believe that art is essential to life - it captures a unique impression of our world while becoming a window into our soul. Thank you for visiting my online gallery. It's still a work in progress. Enjoy. Be inspired. Email me your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.