Tom at the Key West Craft Show 1/26 & 27, 2013.
Tom built his first cabin at 8-years old and his 2nd at 10-years-old, a 12 x 12 one room cabin. This on the land of an agreeing neighbor, completed when 12 years old, the “cabin” lasted for 29 years until a large tree fell through it. Thomas has been building and creating some type of structure or art ever since.

His mother and father gave him his first oil painting set at 14 years old; along with a few private lessons through high school. Tom continued his art studies at Appalachian State University from 1982 to 1989.

Today Tom splits his time doing art and artfully making a living. From teak decks on yachts to small simplistic Jamaican Dogwood benches; from 108 foot varnished toe rails to small mahogany plates for utilitarian use. From uniquely carved women figures to custom galley cabinets and custom counter tops. Tom still paints on occasion, but it is continually harder to find the time between daily yacht jobs and his love of the last 6 years, wooden art. These pieces range from the almost 300 hand carved wooden bowls from locally felled tropical trees to large dining room tables from these same tree slabs. These pieces can range from very whimsical free flowing piece of floatsum to very high end fully polished museum quality arrangements.

To this day, Tom and Mally travel with their paints whenever possible, but more importantly try to love the love of life and living the dream. “I feel like I am where I’m supposed to be and constantly doing what I’m supposed to be doing”

Tom and Mally at a North Carolina Beach.