Like most of us, Tom began painting soon after learning to walk. Unlike many, drawing and painting has been his constant companion ever since. Currently, Tom paints weekly with a group of friends known only to themselves as the Dumpster School. His subjects range from local architecture and landscapes to still life objects. Watercolor has been Tom’s media of choice primarily because of
it’s simplicity and portability, painting outside is a particular pleasure for him.
Watercolor is a fascinating medium, it has a mind of its own. Tom finds a major task in painting is getting out of the way, both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, to see the painting as it unfolds - without the filter of a concept or abstract notion. Physically, so as not to interfere with the paint’s own mixing -
directly on the paper. Tom believes that a painting is a painting, that it must stand on it’s own as a collection of colored blotches on white paper, a collection that has the ability, if organized properly, to bring life to the world where none existed before. Subject matter is only a starting point for his paintings, an organizing framework for color and value.
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