This internationally respected painter is an old friend, but new to the Roundhouse and Capstan Gallery.
Born in 1960, he grew up in the south-west London suburb of Hampton, where he went to a secondary modern school, and from there, to study Fine Art at Epsom School of Art and Design. Finishing in 1982, he then headed for the hills of West Dorset to live and build his professional practice in a landscape he had felt drawn to from numerous childhood holidays. After 9 years there, the inevitable pull from the west led Tom to Mousehole in West Cornwall, where he has lived with his wife and two children ever since.
He has travelled and painted the Highlands of Scotland, Scilly, Italy, Venice, Sicily, the arctic circle of Finland, Sardinia, Ireland and New York, but it is always the Southwest Peninsular, and especially Cornwall, that is his true working place, his visual reference - "maybe because it tapers down to that very western light that fascinates me," he says. "A point on the edge of a large ocean, all light and colour - always with an eye to that western horizon; the horizon, either a ridge of distant hills, the one line of the sea or the actual ethereal light of the sky. This, I guess, makes me a romantic, which I have always been."
"Though geologically different places, the one common denominator is the light. Always the light and how it affects the form and atmosphere of the landscape, and how that varies from place to place and in turn affects me."
Tom exhibits in Cornwall, Tresco-Scilly, London, USA and Venice-Italy.