Biography



Tom has been referred to as one of the nation's premier watercolorists. He has written 7 books and hosted several award winning PBS TV Art Series. He was recently listed as one of the nation's top 20 teachers by a leading Art magazine. He is represented by some of the nation's leading museums and art galleries. He has been the spokesperson for the entire National Art Materials Trade Association, and continues to be the international spokesperson for many leading art material manufacturers. Tom is currently featured on the new cable TV channel Visual Arts Network, and in 2007 he became the CMO and featured artist for Art Academy Live (the leading on-line education source).

With his uniquely styled landscape paintings, he strives for a level of excitement, movement and resonance that seems to push somewhere beyond what the environment naturally provides.

When considering subjects he tries to search for something striking; like the color of the sky, the direction of natural light, pattern of shadows, or the glint of sunlight on water. He then embellishes those striking features.

Lynch hopes that by accentuating those things that are sometimes easy to miss, he can provoke viewers to ... "Have something to think about, not just something to see". Each painting Tom creates can be seen as special. "I feel it's the job of the artist to bring to the viewer the best of what can be found in the landscape along with a little creativity or exaggeration ... normal and ordinary are not for me."

Tom is a natural teacher who is especially intuitive in developing the student's own individual needs. For 35 years students from all over the world have attended his successful workshops and acclaimed them with high regard. He has mentored many who are now accomplished professionals. When Tom speaks, he talks openly and candidly. His paintings have that same intensity, expression, and direct appeal.

Tom's list of credentials include: Two "Lifetime Achievement Awards", "Signature Membership" in many national watercolor societies, election into the illustrious "Society of American Impressionists", as well as "Who's Who in American Art". Tom has been the invited "guest artist" for many art exhibitions including Sedona Plein Air Festival. Tom was honored in the American Embassy in Paris, France with a one-man exhibition. He has been cited in numerous publications including American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, International Artist Magazine, Art & Antiques, Today's Great Masters, the Wall Street Journal, and the color front page every Christmas Day for a leading Illinois newspaper. Tom's video production won a Bronze Award in the "Telly" Competition, which focuses on video production, and compares to the Academy Award Program. Some of Toms' numerous awards include: "The Municipal Art League of Chicago Award of Excellence", "Landscape Artist of the Year", and he was the first American selected for Honorary Membership in the "Canadian Watercolor Society". Tom has been the featured artist for the Men's, Women's and Seniors U. S. Open Golf Championships and several PGA events and tournaments. Much of his work has been published and many of his best paintings are available in Limited Edition prints. It is no surprise that his paintings are included in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Welcome to the watercolor world of Tom Lynch -

and let him lead you on an exciting watercolor
adventure in color, contrast, and light!