"It really hit home for me because in my early years, I was more or less drifting --- not very anchored --- but in my thirties, I came to some realizations that I hadn’t had before, and I changed direction in life; it was almost like a death and rebirth. That’s when I started painting. I had never been to a museum before, although I remembered liking to draw as a kid. From that point until now, for these past thirty years, I’ve painted. I taught myself to play tennis --- I’m head tennis professional for Tennis Memphis, which is my main job --- and I taught myself to paint, which I do on the weekends and at night. I want to leave something behind, to leave my mark on the world. Even if it’s a tiny thing, it’s a worthy pursuit and it adds value to my life."
[Tom's work is currently on view in the Crosstown Arts / Cleveland Street Flea Market, across from the old Sears building, which you see reflected in the background.]
Two upcoming shows ---