T O M DE S O M E R
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 Kellogg's.
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 a Masters degree in Christian Ministry. I've served in a variety of ministry leadership roles in Indiana, New York, Chicago and Southern California.
I love spending time with my beautiful wife, Cindi and our three children…especially when the time is spent outdoors. We love to fish on the local farm ponds, hike the Acres Land trust trails, horseback ride and canoe the St. Joe and Cedar Creek.
As an artist, I am unashamedly traditional in my approaches to this water medium. I paint with large, 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 private art studio in Northeast Indiana.
Thank you for visiting desomerart.com. It's still a work in progress. Enjoy. Be inspired. Email me your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.
Memorial Award, Ventures In Creativity 2018
Honorable Mention, FWAG Kekionga Plein Air Paint-out 2018
Purchase Award, FWAG Kekionga Plein Air Paint-out 2018
Third Place, Water Media, Ventures In Creativity 2019
Second Place, Class I, LaFontaine Arts Council Regional Art Show 2019
Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA), Member 2018
Indiana Watercolor Society (IWS), Member 2018
Fort Wayne Artists Guild (FWAG), Member 2018