Tom Swimm

Tom Swimm

 

Swimm

 

An artist whose life has been guided by many creative pursuits, Tom developed his self-taught painting methods by experimenting with various techniques and by studying the great works of Van Gogh, Hopper, Gaugin, Cezanne and Monet. The work of these artists provided the influence and inspiration that has guided Swimm on his own personal artistic journey

Born and raised on the East Coast, he had a successful career as an advertising commercial artist in New York, then resettled in southern California with his wife and son in 1982. Inspired by the light and landscape of Laguna, he renewed his passion for painting and was accepted for his first exhibition in the Festival of Arts in 1988.

His paintings soon became recognizable for their exceptional use of light and color - a style that he continues to develop with each new work. To quote the artist, "Light is the most important aspect of my work, offering the ultimate challenge and reward. To capture its elusive qualities on canvas offer great personal satisfaction and it's what I thrive on artistically."

To seek inspiration, the artist travels extensively, working from photos and sketches that he uses for reference, then creates his original oils in his studio in Laguna Beach, California. With numerous exhibits and awards to his credit, his work in internationally collected and is also included in many important private and corporate collections. His methods have been published in art instruction books and he has also illustrated children;s books.

In addition to his work in the visual arts, Tom is also a published playwright, musician and screen writer. His stage plays have been produced in Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego.

   

Tom Swimm / California Realist Oil Painting Demonstration, Jan. 19, 2013

 


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Southern Coast Reflections

 

Southern Coast Reflections


The Piazza In Monteriggioni

 

The Piazza In Monteriggioni

 


Newport Shore

 

Newport Shore

 

 

Chianti

 

Chianti Panorama

 

 

 

 

 

Above Siena

 

Above Siena



 

 

 

 

La Doca Vita

 

La Doca Vita

 

CollediValD'Elsa

 

Colle di Val d'Elsa

 

 

 

Blue Kayaks

 

Blue Kayaks

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Cove Reflections

 

Cove Reflections

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Morning Dory

 

Morning Dory

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Giclee Prints

Lake Como Reflections

Lake Como Reflection
Tuscan Glow

Tuscany Glow

No Mulligans

 

No Mulligans

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Résumé

Biography

Born 1950 in Miami, Florida
Raised in New York
Resident in Southern California since 1982

Education

Advertising Art Director and Illustrator 1970-1985
Professional Fine Artist 1986 to present

Awards

International Artist Magazine Award / Seascapes / 2005
International Artist Magazine / Master's Showcase / 2005
Westways Magazine / Cover Feature / 2002
Artist's Magazine Award / Landscape 1995
Art of California Gold Award / 1994
Artist's Magazine Cover Story / 1992
La Quinta Arts Festival Poster Artist / 1992
Art of California Bronze Award / 1991
Award of Recognition APPAF Paris, France / 1991

Collections

Woody Allen
Merv Griffin
Jim Courier
MBNA Bank
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Hyatt Grand Champions
Baywatch Productions, Inc
Fluor Corporation

Publications

American Artist Magazine Cover
Westways Magazine Cover
Coast Magazine Cover
Walter Foster Oil Painting
Walter Foster Acrylic Painting