A native Montanan, Tom graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1974 with a BFA in painting and illustration. Tom remains a committed western regionalist well known for painting both the historic and contemporary west, especially renditions of the people and culture of the Plains Indians.
Tom participates in many shows across the country and has received many awards for merit over the years. He was elected into the prestigious Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists in 2000. Other awards for merit and excellence include the Sun Valley Art Festival, the Western Heritage Show (Billings, MT), the Western States Art Show (Cody, WY) and the National Drawing Show at Rutgers University.