|Born in Chicago in 1958, Tom Fricker showed his creativity early and always knew that he wanted to become an artist. Inspired by artists like N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, he made the decision to pursue a career as an illustrator. Disappointed with the approach to art education in the university system, Tom enrolled at the Harris School of Advertising Art in Franklin, Tennessee, in 1976. He met, Lisa, his future wife there, and together they transferred to Paier College of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. He received his diploma in 1980 and was voted by the faculty as the most outstanding illustration student in his class, the first unanimous vote in school history. Although recruited by Hallmark Cards, Tom decided to take his portfolio to New York and was soon producing illustrations for clients like St. Martinís Press and Readerís Digest. In 1983, Tom and his wife, Lisa, left Connecticut to return to Tomís hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, where he joined the staff of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as a designer. Over the next eight years, Tom created major exhibitions for the space museum and continued to pursue his passion for plein air painting, making frequent painting trips to locations across the country.
Upon leaving the museum in 1991, Tom divided his time between painting and exhibit design. At the present time, he is working on a design for the Vatican. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections including Lanier Corporation, Emory University, Bell South, and American Cancer Society. Tomís work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions, most recently the prestigious Oil Painters of America eastern regional show.
- Harris School of Advertising Art, Franklin, TN, 1976
- Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT, 1980
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