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Tom is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and currently serves as its President and webmaster. Previously, he received a PhD from Stanford University and was a chemistry professor for 30 years at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where he authored and published more than 60 research papers and two textbooks. Tom was named an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, 1985-87.

After retirement from the university in 2007, Tom moved to Ohio to pursue watercolor painting, a childhood passion instilled by watercolorist Charlotte Wilson in Havertown, PA and rekindled during the past 20 years in more than two-dozen workshops with prominent watercolorists. Tom is also a member of the Toledo Artists’ Club and served as its President from 2009 through 2013.
Tom also enjoys playing the violin and has played with the UNC Symphony orchestra, the Sylvania Community orchestra and in the Pro-Am concerts hosted by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with Cheryl Trace at the Toledo Symphony School of Music.



Juried Exhibitions, 2013-18

2018
     American Watercolor Society, 151st International Exhibition, Watercolor Artist Magazine Award

2017
     Ohio Watercolor Society, 40th Annual Juried Show 
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Aqueous Open 2017 Exhibition

2016
     Ohio Watercolor Society, 39th Annual Juried Show, Winsor-Newton Award
     Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 37th International Juried Exhibition
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Aqueous Open 2016 Exhibition
     Kentucky Watercolor Society, Aqueous USA 2016 Exhibition

2015
     Wassenburg Art Center, 59th Annual Juried Exhibit, Honorable Mention Award
     Ohio Watercolor Society, 38th Annual Juried Show, Merit Award
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Aqueous Open 2015 Exhibition, Award of Merit

2014
     Ohio Watercolor Society, 37th Annual Juried Show

2013
     Toledo Area Artists, 94th Annual Juried Exhibition
     Ohio Watercolor Society, 36th Annual Juried Show 
     Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Aqueous Open 2013 Exhibition 



Artist’s statement:

I like to paint commonplace scenes that combine my observations, experiences, feelings and imagination. Working from sketches made on site or from an assortment of photo references, I might paint several versions of a scene until I am satisfied with the result.

For subject matter, I am attracted to structures and other inanimate objects and am often intrigued by how these have been integrated or sometimes conflict with natural surroundings. Natural landscapes are also appealing, especially those in the American West and in costal regions throughout the world. Although my finished paintings have a realistic or impressionistic semblance, the intent of my creative process is not simply to copy or duplicate a scene or subject.

I most enjoy painting on
Yupo, a synthetic paper made of polypropylene. Though transparent watercolor paint behaves even less predictably on the slick surface of Yupo than it does on traditional paper, I find painting on this surface suits my artistic temperament. The arbitrary and sometimes uncontrolled mixing of paint gives texture and liveliness to certain areas of a painting on Yupo, yet the application of paint in a controlled fashion can be achieved to create hard edges and to generate luminous hues by overlapping layers of color washes.

The ability to remove paint and restore the original white surface by wiping with a wet cloth or brush is another appeal of painting on Yupo. Some white areas in my paintings
exist because they were left unpainted, but wiping off paint in other places creates textures and highlights or accentuates specific edges.