Tom Herrin has always been interested in art and began painting over forty years ago while working as a community and regional planner in Fort Worth, Texas. He was influenced by Architects, Urban planners and others he worked with thus beginning a life long study of art and painting. Later, he studied at the University of Texas in Austin earning a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning, painting when time was available. After moving to Corpus Christi, his interest in watercolor painting was renewed. In 1972, he moved his family to Little Rock, Arkansas where he worked for Arkansas Governors. In 1998, he closed his planning and governmental consulting firm to paint full time as a watercolorist and art instructor.
Tom studied with fine art painters after returning from Turni, Italy where he attended The La Romita School of fine art in the summer of 2001. He has also been a frequent attende at Mid-Southern Watercolotists workshops in Little Rock and other locations. His paintings have been selected for art shows and exhibitions in the Mid-South and Western U.S. Including two paintings selected for exhibition at The Art Center of the Ozarks. His paintings have been shown at exhibitions in Little Rock, Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tom's paintings are in collections in Little Rock and Batesville, Arkansas, Memphis and Chatanooga, New Orleans and Terni, Italy. His paintings shown at The Artist in the Forest show in Sherwood, Arkansas were selected as Best of Show in 2003 and again in 2004.
Townsend Wolfe, Director of the Arkansas Arts Center choose his pastel titled "Roman Forum" 1st place and his watercolor "Plantation Settlement" in 2004 as Best of Show. In 2008, his painting titled "War Eagle Ladies" received a juror's Award of Merit at "Artist in the Air", a show sponsored by The Winthrop Rockerfeller Institute.
As is the case with most artist, Tom has developed his painting style which he calls "Painterly". Tom began painting in watercolor and now paints mostly in acrylic or pastel. He received an award at The Pastel Society's Semi-annual Show in 2010 from well-known juror Albert Handell. Currently, he teaches abstract painting design using a twelve step approach he learned in New Orleans from John Salminen's workshop. His abstract painting, "Off Key" received The Henry Clifton/Austin Wiggins award at The Mid-Southern Watercolor Society annual exhibition. His painting of three ladies at The War Eagle Craft Fair was selected to be included in Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe's 2008 Annual Arkansas Arts Calendar.
Tom's paintings have been shown in former United States Senator Blanch Lincoln's office in Washington D.C. and in Senator Mark Pryor's office in Little Rock as well as in galleries in Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas. Paintings are currently shown at The Kavanaugh Building in the Hillcrest area of Little Rock and and at Carmine's Antiques in Conway, Arkansas. His works have been shown at Shoppes on Woodlawn in Little Rock for several years.
Tom is a founding attendee at Natural Impressions, a Little Rock Metro-area painting group and is currently studying painting with Lewis Beck at L&L Beck Gallery where he is showing paintings in April.
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