Tom was born in New York. From the age of six he spent eight years in an English boarding school (which he loved; not a sad story!), and has lived most of his life in Ireland as his family moved to Dublin when he was a small boy. He has always had an interest in art, drama, and music and when he is not painting he spends his time watching films, reading, or getting together with his musician friends to sing and play music. He often hikes through Wicklow with his dogs and of course, his camera.
He spent many years working as a picture framer in Dublin, London and New Jersey before opening his own framing business in Dublin in 2001. Things went well until 2009 when the recession forced him to close the doors of his business and to find work elsewhere. Framing helped to train his eye to appreciate well structured composition, colour co-ordination and a general understanding of aesthetics.
Tom loved art at school but it wasn't until 2012 that he began to paint and so discovered his passion. Over the last three years he has reached a standard whereby he is proud to exhibit his work. Recognition of his talent and developing technique was confirmed when the painting "His Kingdom" was accepted by the Royal Hibernian Academy for inclusion in their 2016 RHA Annual Exhibition.
"The further into a painting I go, the harder I find it to put down my brushes and take a break. As I put paint onto the canvas I love to see the shapes and shadows begin to form, usually by design but occasionally by chance. I am a slow painter, and love the process of painting, but when a piece is finished it is a great feeling to have created something that didn't exist before."