Born in Syracuse, New York in 1932, Tom served in the Navy during the Korean conflict. While in Europe he spent his free time visiting museums, studying the masters and deciding to make art his life work.
Tom was graduated from the prestigious art department of R.I.T., Rochester, New York in 1958 at the height of abstract expressionisms popularity and was strongly influenced by this movement, especially by the work of Mark Rothko and Franz Kline.
Tom began his art career as a commercial artist, and over time has received over fifty American Advertising Association awards for his creative outdoor advertising designs. In 1988 he was selected as National Creative Director of the Year by the Morris Communications Group, and in 1999 he received the Jane Wyman Arthritis Foundation Humanitarian Award.
Turning his talents to fine art, his paintings hang in museums, residences, corporate offices, and galleries across the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and Japan.
Tom's career as an artist has taken him from New York, to Florida, to California, to North and South Carolina, to Alabama, and in 1997 back to California, where he now resides with his wife Alexandra.