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ABOUT TOM

Tom Wilkinson was born in Newport News, VA and received a B.A. degree in Art from Virginia Tech. He spent the following years as a graphic artist, illustrator and photographer for an international company in Hampton, Virginia and participated in area art shows. He later returned to the mountains of Virginia and received an M.S. degree in Educational Media from Radford College. Tom then began a different life journey where along the way he taught at four different colleges and universities, produced award winning educational videos, created and led award winning college and university programs and a major corporate training program, received a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizing Instructional Technology, and ended up as an associate vice president at Virginia Tech. For the past four years, Tom has come full circle in his life creating original art again, primarily abstract expressionism paintings and art installations. His works are in numerous private collections and on loan to healing organizations. Tom resides with his wife, Connie, at Claytor Lake.

Tom Wilkinson

ARTIST STATEMENT

For me art should be an experience for both the artist and the viewer. As an artist I look at the world around me and the emotions and feelings within me for inspiration. I seek to create art that speaks to the essence of a subject, relying more on my emotive feelings of the subject matter than on the technical details typically associated with it. My approach is much more process oriented than product oriented. While my work is spontaneous, it begins with me listening to my canvas, my materials, my tools and to the subject itself for guidance. I believe a blank canvas, an open space, or an object to be photographed is an invitation to engage in a creative process that will be a unique experience for me and the viewer. My painting style is rooted in abstract expressionism. I seek to transform conventional views into non-conventional views through my own artist psyche and that can begin with the canvas itself. While my current work is spontaneous, it begins with listening to the canvas to seek direction on color, form, depth and shape. As I listen I am drawn to certain colors, shades, hues and textures that interact and commingle with each other creating shapes and forms that seek further exploration and amplification. My painting is finished when the canvas tells me it is.

 

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