Thom is a graduate of Harrisburg Area Community College where he studied painting and drawing with the colorist painter, Edith Socolow. He has also attended Lebanon Valley College and Millersville University. He is retired from the U.S. Postal Service and currently works part-time at Stauffers of Kissel Hill garden center in Linglestown where he indulges his other passion of horticulture. Having taken the Experimental Mixed Media class at the Art Association of Harrisburg with Linda Benton-McCloskey for several semesters, Thom assumed the teaching duties of this class during the summer semester of 2010 and has been teaching at the Art Association since. He has conducted Experimental Mixed media workshops in State College as well as York, Pennsylvania. His work is primarily an exploration of acrylic compatible media and is currently being represented by Garth Gallery in Columbia, Pennsylvania and Gallery at Second in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.”I like to start a painting with no preconceived notions as to how the painting should proceed. I let my intuition guide my choices of color, texture, form and line. Each painting is a journey and a revelation.”
Hanover Area Arts Guild — 3rd Annual Open Juried Exhibit – Award of Merit for "Amber Waves"
York Art Association — Prose and Poetry Exhibit — Professional Category, First Place for "Green Mansions"
Hanover Area Arts Guild — 2nd Annual Open Juried Exhibit – Award of Merit for "Peruvian Sunrise"
York Art Association — Professional Category, First Place for “Maraschino”
Art Association of Harrisburg — Fall Membership Show, “Red Hot” – Best of Show for “Maraschino”
Art Association of Harrisburg — Art School Annual Exhibition – 2nd Place Pastel and Drawing for “The Industrial Age”
Art Association of Harrisburg — Fall Membership Show, “The Square” – 1st Place for Oil and Acrylic for “Light of Compelling Radiance”