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Thomas Love - Watercolourist


Canadian Artist Thomas Love
Thomas Love

Biography

Tom Love was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has lived most of his life in Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta. A very early interest in art lay, not fully actuated, while he established a career in business and participated in raising two wonderful children with his wife, Dora. He currently resides in Edmonton and paints full time from his home studio.

Moving his family to Edmonton in 1983 was a catalyst in his artistic life and looking for an activity to provide him more fulfillment, he enrolled in a watercolor class which provided a direction and focus for the rediscovered artistic energies. Classes and workshops with several professionals in the medium refined the technical skills and have allowed the development of a unique and recognizable style which continues to evolve.

Tom paints a very broad spectrum of subject matter and often chooses to include the human form in order to provide a focus of interest. Subjects are often set in common place and are rendered realistically without being photographic or photo-realistic. The themes of his paintings are often romantic and are chosen to evoke strong emotion in the viewer and to provoke a strong identification with the subject.

Exploring various subject matter has resulted in such accomplishments as a corporate calendar, an international magazine cover and recognition, three times, by The Artist's Magazine for submissions to its annual, international art competition.

Repose - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love Tom's current focus is to create a body of figurative work because the inclusion of people in his work gives it a "life" like nothing else can. He feels that rendering the human face and form forces him to hone his execution skills to create a likeness in a way that no other subject matter does. Light and shading on figures using the transparent watercolour medium, presents a challenge in presenting realistic flesh tones in his renderings especially nudes. Equally challenging are the frequent personal commissions he undertakes. These tend to be depictions of children for proud parents or romantic pieces for significant others.

Tom has taught several classes and workshops locally and is lately directing his energy toward organizing and escorting annual two week "safaris" to Cuba for the enjoyment of artists and non-artists alike. As a result of his many visits to that warm and spectacular country, Tom was invited to exhibit by the University of Havana, Cuba in 2001.

With his career in business successfully concluded, he is concentrating on establishing a solid reputation for his artwork by actively seeking recognition through juried exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. His paintings hang in private and public collection across Canada and in the USA and Europe. Tom is a Signature Member of the Society of Western Canadian Artists in Edmonton and an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver.

What started out as a wonderful hobby in 1983 has developed into a very rewarding second career. He says, " Creating my art is much like being paid to eat ice cream."

Adel's World - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Morning Star - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love November 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Southwest Cultural Centre, Edmonton - Solo Exhibition


  • January 1989
  • Kirk-Agar Gallery, Calgary - Solo Exhibition


  • April 1991
  • Edmonton Art Gallery - Art for All Exhibition


  • August 1992
  • The Artist's Magazine, Cincinnati - Finalist in World Art Competition


  • December 1993
  • Toronto Dominion Bank - Painting selected for the Bank's Christmas card


  • October 1995
  • Canadian Treasurer Magazine - Cover painting


  • January 1997
  • Alberta Treasury Branch - Calendar, May image


  • August 1997
  • Allied Arts Council, Spruce Grove - Juried - 1st Place & Best of Theme & People's Choice Award


  • August 1998
  • Allied Arts Council, Spruce Grove - Juried - 1st & 2nd Place & People's Choice Award


  • Careful Steps - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love August 1998
  • The Artist's Magazine, Cincinnati - Finalist in World Art Competition


  • December 1999
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver - Juried - Small Picture Show Opus Award


  • April 2000
  • North West Watercolor Society, Olympia - Juried - 60th Annual Open Exhibition


  • May 2000
  • La Societe Canadienne De L'Aquarelle,Montreal - Juried first place prize - Salon 2000


  • August 2000
  • The Artist's Magazine, Cincinnati - Finalist in World Art Competition


  • February 2001
  • University of Havana, Cuba - Invitation to group exhibition in Thalia Gallery, Havana


  • February 2001
  • Federation of Canadian Artists,Vancouver - Open Water Show, Award of Excellence


  • May 2001
  • La Societe Canadienne De L'Aquarelle,Montreal - Juried,Honorable Mention prize Salon 2001(18th Annual)


  • February 2002
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver - Juried - Winter Show, JaniceRobertson Award


  • May 2002
  • La Societe Canadienne De L'Aquarelle,Montreal - Juried, Salon 2002 (19th Annual)


  • November 2002
  • Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver - Juried - Human Figures Show, Award of Excellence



  • Tom is currently showing his work in Webster Gallery located in Calgary, Alberta.
    As well, Art Beat Gallery and Frame shows his work in St. Albert, Alberta.


    Greeting the day - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love
    Morning News - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love
    Ride tough - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love
    Parasol - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love

    Play my song - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love
    Tigerlily faerie - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love
    Trail's end - By Canadian Artist Thomas Love
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    Thomas Love
    Edmonton, AB, Canada

    Phone: (780) 430-8009
    E-mail: loveart@shaw.ca

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