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By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter
Tom Christopher (Born 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa).
Tom Christopher began drawing at an early age. He enjoyed copying cartoon characters from his Mickey Mouse and Road Runner comic books. After entering High School, he was able to begin painting with oil and acrylics. At this time he began his journey into landscape art. Christopher continues to draw inspiration from the rugged scenery along the Iowa River in Eldora, Iowa, where he currently resides.
In his early years Christopher tried many different mediums but wasn’t satisfied with the results. It wasn’t until he enrolled in a Marc Hanson workshop and Marc suggested he try pastels. That was the beginning of his journey in pastel painting.. Enrolling in further workshops and mentoring programs with Albert Handell reinforced his appreciation for the medium.
Today Christopher continues to paint out of his home studio in Eldora. IA. His house is nestled in a 3-acre wooded area on a bluff overlooking the Iowa River. Christopher’s subject matter continues to be in close proximity to his home. This rugged landscape provides most of the inspiration for his painting subject matter. Many times he chooses simple and ordinary scenes in an effort to present them in a more interesting and colorful way. In his workshops Christopher teaches his techniques for pastel textured underpainting, he developed.
This technique has earned him several national and international awards including Best of Show at the International Society of Pastels Societies ( IAPS) in Alberquerque, NM in 2015.
Christopher has facilitated workshops throughout the continental USA for the past 10 years, including the annual Plein Air Convention sponsored through Plein Air Magazine and IAPS biannual Convention. He has been the subject of feature articles in Plein air Magazine and The Pastel Journal. Christopher’s pastels can be viewed online through his Website and Facebook page as well as galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Galena, Illinois and Dubuque, Iowa.
Tom Christopher is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Master Circle, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
- 2017 Awarded Master Circle medal - IAPS convention
- 2017 Albert Handell Award - International Association Of Pastel Societies IAPS International exhibition.
- 2015 Pastelist Award - Pastel Society of America
- 2015 Best of Show - IAPS "International Association of Pastel Societies" exhibition, Albuquerque, NM
- 2014 Terry Ludwig Award - Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Exhibition
- 2014 Feature Article - Plein Air Magazine
- 2014 Merit Award - Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibition
- 2014 Honorable Mention - Pastel Journal "Top 100 Paintings"
- 2013 Honorable Mention - Pastel Journal "Top 100 Paintings"
- 2013 Purchase Award - Pastel Society Society of New Mexico National Exhibition
- 2012 Honorable Mention - Pastel Journal "Top 100 Paintings"
- 2011 Feature Article in the Pastel Journal "Rural Values."
- 2010 First Place - Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition
- 2008 4th Place - Pastel Journal "Top 100 Paintings"
December 29, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Tom Christopher (Born 1952)
“Living in the Midwest has influenced my style of painting and choice of subject matter significantly. Many of my pieces depict very common scenes I have experienced. As a child, I spent countless hours playing on the riverbanks and wooded areas in Central Iowa. Even today, I continue to be intrigued with nature and the way sunlight and shadows help define the landscape.
I continue to spend my mornings hiking and sketching the rugged landscape along the Iowa River near my home. My goal is to paint relatively common scenes in a more dramatic and interesting way.
Most of my finished works are the result of reference photographs and on-location (plein-air) studies. I have worked primarily in pastels and oil paints. I plan to continue to explore these two mediums and look forward to many more years of painting and conducting workshops.”