Tom paints a very broad spectrum of subject matter and often chooses to include the human form in order to provide a focus of interest. Subjects are often set in common place and are rendered realistically without being photographic or photo-realistic. The themes of his paintings are often romantic and are chosen to evoke strong emotion in the viewer and to provoke a strong identification with the subject.
Exploring various subject matter has resulted in such accomplishments as a corporate calendar, an international magazine cover and recognition, three times, by The Artist's Magazine for submissions to its annual, international art competition.
Tom's current focus is to create a body of figurative work because the inclusion of people in his work gives it a "life" like nothing else can. He feels that rendering the human face and form forces him to hone his execution skills to create a likeness in a way that no other subject matter does. Light and shading on figures using the transparent watercolour medium, presents a challenge in presenting realistic flesh tones in his renderings especially nudes. Equally challenging are the frequent personal commissions he undertakes. These tend to be depictions of children for proud parents or romantic pieces for significant others.
Tom has taught several classes and workshops locally and is lately directing his energy toward organizing and escorting annual two week "safaris" to Cuba for the enjoyment of artists and non-artists alike. As a result of his many visits to that warm and spectacular country, Tom was invited to exhibit by the University of Havana, Cuba in 2001.
With his career in business successfully concluded, he is concentrating on establishing a solid reputation for his artwork by actively seeking recognition through juried exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. His paintings hang in private and public collection across Canada and in the USA and Europe. Tom is a Signature Member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists in Edmonton and an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver.
What started out as a wonderful hobby in 1983 has developed into a very rewarding second career. He says, " Creating my art is much like being paid to eat ice cream."