A native Montanan, Tom graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1974 with a BFA in painting and illustration. Tom remains a committed western regionalist well known for painting both the historic and contemporary west, especially renditions of the people and culture of the Plains Indians.
With over 25 years as a professional artist, his work appears in many private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, and Ireland.
Some corporate patrons of note:
- The national accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche
- Iowa Beef
- Raymond James Financial Inc.
- First Interstate Bank
Some private collectors of note:
- Former President and Mrs. George Bush
- The late Robert Ludlum
- Kevin Costner
- Steven Seagal
- Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hanna
Tom participates in many shows across the country and has received many awards for merit over the years.
He was elected into the prestigious Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists in 2000. Other awards for merit and excellence include the Sun Valley Art Festival, the Western Heritage Show (Billings, MT), the Western States Art Show (Cody, WY) and the National Drawing Show at Rutgers University.