Born and raised in America’s heartland, his childhood was filled with one adventure after another on the backwaters of the Mississippi River. Dreams of going to sea led Tom to join the Navy after high school. After several years of life aboard ships on the high seas and small boats deep in enemy infested jungle rivers, he returned to his home town where he established his first studio aboard a houseboat.
A concerned veteran, he has also created a number of works in honor of those who serve our nation. Among them: a silver dollar for the U.S. Mint, a bronze medallion for the U.S. Congress and numerous patriotic prints and posters. In 2004, his coastal paintings of The Marshes of Glynn were given by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to each of the world Leaders attending the G8 Sea Island Summit. Tom and his artist wife, Jan, share a studio in a historic building near the town square in Carrollton, Georgia and live in the loft above. They have four adult children.