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    18X24 Oil

Tom Smith

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Tom Smith began to paint in 2012 when he stopped teaching 1st Grade. He is now a member of the League of Milwaukee Artists, the Wauwatosa Artists Workshop, the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters, Fine Art Montage, and Rogues Gallery-both cooperative artists groups. Through these groups he has exhibited at many venues, some of which have been The Grafton Arts Mill, Saint John’s Cathedral, the Anderson Art Gallery, and Gallery M at the Intercontinental Hotel among many others.
In the summer of 2016 he began painting “en plein air”, participating in many competitions, most recently winning Second Place in the 2017 Cedarburg Plein Air Competition and Honorable Mention in the Plymouth competition.
Originally from Toledo Ohio, Tom Smith has lived in the Milwaukee area since 1981. He went on to earn a Master of Music Degree at UWM, and became a professional cellist. He has played in the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and been Principal Cellist of the Festival City Symphony since 1985.

artist statement

I like to think I have a deep realization of what it means to be one of the many people visiting this planet of ours. I love standing on the Earth and knowing that I am a part of its wonder, yet I also know that time is fleeting. One of my favorite quotes is by writer James Agee: “…and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying on quilts, on the grass, in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night.”
What does this have to with my art?
Well, I am principally a landscape and nature painter, and my goal is to capture a bit of this wonder and nostalgia in oil paints.
Since I paint primarily landscapes and natural subjects, a feeling of atmosphere is important to me. I paint over a colored ground which lends a richness of background and a subtle way for the viewer to reach into the painting.
Ultimately though, it is the beauty of my adopted state of Wisconsin that inspires me. Whether it’s the subtle colors of the barns and the farmland, or the ever-changing hues found in the natural delights of our state parks, I aspire to bring the beauty of our Earth in all its wonder to my painting.