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 photographing 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 been fortunate to study with several well established professional landscape artists including, Albert Handell, Marc Hanson, and Kim Lordier,. For the past several years, 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.
Tom Christopher is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Charter Member of the Pastel Society of Iowa.
2008 4th Place The Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings
2010 First Place Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition
2011 Feature article in the Pastel Journal "Rural Values" .
2012 Honorable Mention Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings
2013 Purchase Award Pastel Society Society of New Mexico National Exhibit
2013 Honorable Mention Pastel JournaL Top 100 Paintings
2014 Honorable Mention Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings
2014 Merit Award. Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibition
2014 Feature Article --Plein Air Magazine
2014 Terry Ludwig Award Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Exhibition
2015 Best of Show IAPS "International Association of Pastel Societies" Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM