Thomas Adkins, a Southbury, Connecticut and Maine resident, is a graduate of Paier College of Art in New Haven, CT. After graduate classes at the School of Visual Arts of New York, he has worked as art director and creative director for some of Connecticut’s and New York’s most prestigious advertising agencies.
Tom has won numerous awards for his designs, illustrations and paintings. His work has been purchased by GE, IBM Kraft, Minolta, Hilton Hotels, Timex, Wendy’s and other major corporations.
Besides exhibiting in the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT since 2008, Adkins has had numerous one-man and group shows. His work is carried by prestigious galleries, such as Cavalier Gallery, Bayview Gallery and PH Miller Galleries throughout New England.
Tom is a seasoned veteran of plein air painting. Most works begin with on-location studies 16″ x 20″ or smaller. Adkins then composes larger works in his studio, compiling sketches, additional studies using his memory. His most recent works have been in the Woodbury and Southbury, Connecticut area along with works of the Down East coast of Maine.
Adkins’ concept of landscape painting is to preserve his emotional reaction to the moods, feelings and perceptions of nature and sharing them with others. “Every good landscape painting should have a sense of what the artist is feeling to a particular location. Every day and every hour there is a different effect nature has on our senses.”
As a contemporary painter of the New England landscape, Tom is inspired by frequent visits to neighboring farms, coastal villages and pastures of Connecticut and Maine. His style and technique have developed from early influences by impressionistic painters of light in nature, such as Monet, Pissarro, and Willard Metcalf and contemporary painter Peter Poskas. He has the rare ability to capture the subtle nuances that make up the ever-changing beauty of light on the New England landscape in a realistic-contemporary way.