About the Artist
award winning paintings have been displayed in galleries along with the
most recognizable artists in the country. Galleries in Dallas,
Washington DC, Naples, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Monterey, Hot Springs and several
on-line galleries represent Tom Fort. His clients include professional
athletes such Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy Randy White and Dan Marino, Professional golfers such as Raymond Floyd
Jr., Corporations such as Youtube.com and Private and Public golf courses
as well as an extensive list of private
collectors own his work.
Tom received his formal art training at The
University of North Texas. He has his home and studio in
McKinney, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) where he lives with his wife of 20 years and
his two sons.
In addition to painting and family life,
Tom enjoys playing the guitar, coaching his son's baseball teams and carries a
single digit handicap on the golf course. Tom has been a full time artist for 15 years.
an amazing ability to capture the effects of natural light on his
canvas. He paints in a style that he refers to as "loose
realism" which allows his images to be technically accurate, but embellished with an artist's flair for added drama. Many people think Tom's paintings are photographs when viewed from across a room, however upon close inspection, the visibility of brushstrokes and painting technique are revealed which leads to further interest.
Over the years, Tom has become a master of the acrylic medium and has developed his own technique to give his paintings tremendous depth and luminocity not normally found in acrylic painters. Tom incorporates a series of glazes, scrumbles, dry brush and other methods into every painting to achieve his unique look. In fact, many gallery owners have listed Tom's work as "oil on canvas" only to be suprised that the paintings are acrylic.
Tom's charcoal portaits are equally suprising to his clients. Tom loves the challenge of taking one single medium (a stick of charcoal wood) and finding ways to make it look like skin, hair, cloth, clouds, bark, etc., when applied to paper. While travelling in London, Tom learned a few charcoal techniques by watching the street artists. He took these methods back home and mastered them, developed additional techniques of his own and his work blossomed. His charcoal portraits are some of his best selling pieces and also the most economically priced.