Tom Christopher Pastel Exhibit

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


Artist Statement:
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