Tom’s early art memories include listening to the radio while drawing on paper pads, experimenting with an oil painting set at age twelve. He graduated from Whittier High School and attended both Cal Berkely and UCLA, earning an art degree focusing on commercial art. After Army service, he began his commercial art career with clients such as Whittier College and PIH, occasionally to fitting in personal art projects. Upon retirement, Tom began experimenting with other modes of art, relishing the freedom to “wake up every day, excited about what and how” he’ll be creating.
This show is a retrospective, arranged chronologically, dating back to the 1970’s. His post-retirement work ranges from acrylic painting to the more current three- dimensional pieces, using wood, metal, and fabric. Tom loves to take found items and combine them to make “something out of nothing.”
This anonymous quotation perfectly describes his lifetime with art: As an artist, you may spend years searching for expression. When you find the medium you truly love, expression finds you.