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Tom Phalen

Canadian Artist Tom Phalen
Canadian Artist
Tom Phalen


Tom Phalen is a Canadian artist from southern Ontario. A graduate of Sheridan College's classical animation course, Tom spent over 21 years as a graphic artist and animator for an Ontario television station. He grew bored with computers and decided to return to what he loved'drawing.

Tom has worked in oils, watercolour and acrylics, but now focuses solely on coloured pencil.

"I find it the ideal medium for the way I work. I get the feel of drawing, but the end result can be made to look like an oil or a watercolour. I can sit down and begin immediately, or get up and walk away if I need to give some thought to a particular problem." Tom's art is mostly still life but he does some fantasy figurative work also. In either case he strives for a high degree of realism.

"I enjoy the challenge of creating an interesting composition and to accurately portray whatever material an object is made of. Sometimes it's not the object itself that compels me to draw it, but rather the material it's made of. Whether it's wood, glass or a rusty old piece of metal, it's all great fun to draw."

"Usually my figurative work is in a fantasy setting, but I still want that world to be realistic so I take great care to portray elements in the image the most accurate way I can."

Tom cites Howard Pyle, Frank Frazetta, John Singer Sargent, John William Waterhouse, and any of the Pre-raphaelites as having the most influence on his art. Tom's work can be found in collections across Canada and the USA.

Silver Marshall - By Ontario Artist Tom Phalen
Rogers 75 - By Ontario Artist Tom Phalen
Over Tea - By Ontario Artist Tom Phalen
Andy's Violin - By Ontario Artist Tom Phalen
Spring - By Ontario Artist Tom Phalen
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Tom Phalen
3085 Trinity Church Rd.
RR#2 Mt Hope, Ontario, Canada
L0R 1W0

Phone: 905 692 5153

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