About Tom

I'm an abstract painter and art instructor who works primarily in acrylics and mixed media. My abstract art and often times conceptual titles allow the viewer to draw their own inspiration, meaning, and enjoyment from the work rather than be influenced by the my own underlying thoughts and feelings present when I created the painting.

Born and raised near the small, rural town of Elberon, Iowa, where I grew up the eighth of ten siblings, I moved to the Washington, DC area to do postgraduate work and then later to Miami, Florida, and Philadelphia, PA. I now live in Norfolk, CT.

I studied drawing and painting with Ken Conley and Laura Conley at the Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Maryland, early in my career. My diverse educational experiences, from a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music and postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology to on-the-job training in the marketing, graphic design and art reproduction world, have all colored my artistic work. I find a kinship and inspiration in the abstract expressionists, color field painters, and print makers of today. In both 2009 and 2010, I was awarded a one-month artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

In 2019, I completed the required training and became a certified GOLDEN Artist Educator, a program of GOLDEN Artist Colors, Inc. GOLDEN is a company that produces premier artists' paints, gels, mediums and many other products.