In 1970 Tom received a BA degree in Studio Arts from Loras College, Dubuque IA and in 1972 received a MA degree in Creative Photography from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
He worked as the Staff Artist for the Telegraph Herald Newspaper in Dubuque IA and as an Art Director for Associate Litho Printing Company in Minneapolis, MN. He’s also taught Adult Education classes in drawing.
Tom is active as a member of several arts organizations and galleries including The Hopkins Center for the Arts, The Minnetonka Art Center, The Minnesota Artist’s Association, and The White Bear Center for the Arts and Artistry Gallery in Bloomington, MN.
Tom has been living and creating his artwork in his home/studio in Minnetonka, MN for 45 years. His work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally and he has won awards in many of these exhibits.
The subjects of my drawings are almost always people. I believe it’s those other souls we encounter during our lives that make them more interesting and enriched. I try to capture some of the character and dignity that is a part of every person. It’s these personal aspects of our humanity that I try to convey in my images.
It could be said that I do portraits and that would be accurate. However, I try to create something more than a likeness, to show something of that individual’s personality, or capture a feeling of their situation at that moment in time. When I’m successful, the viewer will be able to connect with the image in some way, without actually knowing the subject.
The purpose behind my images is to instill in the viewer a feeling that goes beyond the subject matter, to something that is universal and/or timeless.