Tom’s childhood years in Arizona provided a love of the outdoors and animals. Family relocation to Wisconsin during high school provided continued interest in the outdoors and animals. Tom filled several sketchbooks with subjects of interest and it became clear to pursue a career in in the graphic arts. Tom attended Layton College of Art/Marquette University to obtain a degree in graphic design/print media management. Tom has had a successful career as a graphic designer, art director and print operations manager. During his career Tom remained true to the fine art influences of his Layton professors to develop his painting style.
After his professional career retirement in 2003 Tom focused on drawing and painting on a full-time basis. Today Tom is dedicated to representational art. His subjects range from landscapes, animals/equine portraits wildlife and human portraits. Tom’s mediums are watercolor, acrylic, oil and graphite. Tom has been fortunate to display his paintings in numerous art galleries, exhibits and museums. He has held several one man shows. His paintings are included in a number of private and corporate collections in Wisconsin and other states. Tom has received many private commission assignments throughout his career.
Organization Memberships: Oil Painters of America, Circle of Artists Group, Whitewater Arts Alliance Association
Activities: Art Exhibit Judge, Adult Art Class/workshop Instructor, Wildlife Book Illustrator
My greatest pleasure is to be able to share with others “the moments in time” I have been able to capture in my paintings. The world around me is filled with influences that become themes for my paintings.
My process begins with sketches and value/light studies to develop a composition for a new painting. Then I select my color palette which generally consists of six to eight colors. Next I like to focus on brushwork to bring a feeling of consistency into my paint application as I work across the painting to create a vivid impression of light and color.
I begin with thin washes of color to create broad shapes and patterns within the composition. I work from dark toward light areas to set tonal ranges and develop color intensity. Next I build up layers of thicker paint to bring intensity to the main subject and painting focal point. Then I address the highlight areas. Lastly I work to complete the contrast range that I desire in the finished painting. This approach applies to each of the painting mediums I work in.
My final goal is to capture a feeling of visual emotion within each of my paintings.
Thomas Jewell Fine Art
N1594 Poeppel Road, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor painting sizes:
9×12, 11×14, 14×18, 16×20, 18×24, 20×30. Custom sizes are available upon request.