Tom Is Returning to MAE:
“My goal is to paint relatively common scenes in a more dramatic and interesting way”
Saurday, March 4 – Thursday, May 18, 2017
Reception/Demo: Saturday, March 4, 1pm – 4pm
Open To The Public
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.
Tom been fortunate to study with several well established professional landscape artists including, Albert Handell, Marc Hanson, and Kim Lordier,. For the past several years, He has worked primarily in pastels and oil paints. He plans to continue to explore these two mediums and is looking forward to many more years of painting and conducting workshops.
Tom Christopher has explored in depth the Iowa landscape near his home and studio, recording the nuances of changes in season and light. The landscapes of this part of the Midwest reveal their beauty in subtle ways requiring patience and dedication.
He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Master Circle, International Asscociation of Pastel Societies. (IAPS)
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 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
2015 Pastelist Award Pastel society of America
March 11–May 15, 2017Wettach Reception | Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1pm – 3pmThe Wettach Exhibit Curated | Kathleen Edwards UMIA |Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm – 3pm(Free and Open to the Public)Farm Life in Iowa is an exhibition of thirty photographs taken by A. M. “Pete” Wettach (1901–1976) from 1925 to 1960—thirty-five of the most revolutionary years for farming as a way of life in Iowa. Working as a freelance photographer based in Mount Pleasant, Wettach recorded changes in farming practices at the same time as he honored traditional values of family and self-sufficiency. Wettach’s unique interpretation of the family farm comes from his documentary style and keen compassion for his subjects.
The exhibition was curated by UIMA Senior Curator Kathleen A. Edwards. The photographs in the exhibition were printed by Steven Tatum from negatives in the A. M. Wettach Collection, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City. _________________________________________________________________
Gothic-style dairy barn, c. 1935 (printed 2003)
Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 in.
Museum purchase, 2007.21, Image courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa