The Power of Art
Tom was compelled to paint in 2008, having had a visionary and transformative experience. He emerged from that incident able to feel the emotion and energy of the world. His paintings convey that energy.
The canvas is a platform for the energy to surface. On the canvas are multiple images, layered to create the depth of emotion. He paints an emotive abstract impressionism.
Tom creates artisan paints from raw oils, resins, pigments and powders. The viscosity of the paint affects the tools Tom uses. A palette knife or traditional brush may be used to pull thick paint, a cloth or sponge to apply fluid paint. The paint is scraped, rolled, sprayed, pulled and dropped on the canvas. Tom’s technique is very experimental and fluid.
His paintings are intended to be experiential. They are an invitation to the imagination – to go beneath the surface.
We have worked with Tom on several commissions. He is wonderful to work with. The commission process is reassuring and well rehearsed but collaborative and creative too. We were able to envision several pieces for spaces in our home we had been stuck on. They are more than simply beautiful. They have deep meaning and memory.
Anne Simpson, Bellevue, Washington
Energy & Aesthetic
Beneath the surface
Tom's art is a process that is embedded in the product. The paintings have a depth that is both visible and invisible. Multiple stages are layered on the canvas. The intention of the painting may be written on the canvas in words or symbols. An initial application of base colors is complimented with an abstract layer of metallic or thick oils. The composition is painted into the existing layers as a base form. In the depth and complexity is an invitation to the audience to see beneath the surface, to access the emotion and raw energy that compelled and created it.
Tom worked with us to conceptualize two large paintings for the living space in our home. We had the unique experience of meeting with him in his studio as he was working on our paintings. He incorporated the subtle colors and textures that have made the paintings feel very personal. They now add joy to our room and to our days.
Atul and Birage Tandon; Clients
Tom Boatright: exquisite freedom of creation
As Tom paints he embraces the energy that moves in him and allows him to create on the canvas. It is a collaboration, raw and refined. It transforms not simply the canvas but the artist and the audience. The experience is physical and psychological. It is alchemical - an evolution from matter to spirit, the conscious to the subconscious. It is an awakening.
The effect painting has had on Tom is profound. He was called to embrace the energy - to create. The energy has consumed him, transforming his life. He was able to walk away from what culturally had defined him and in the process liberate himself. His paintings are of freedom, honoring the natural world:
I paint the visions I receive - the beauty of nature and humanity.
Creativity & Vision
Painting & vision
The compulsion to paint was the product of Tom's desire to convey the energy that he experienced. He initially painted a traditional realism but rapidly evolved to a more fluid technique. Experimenting with the viscosity of the paint allowed for a collaborative process. It was raw and refined. It could be affected but not controlled. It was symbolic of life. It creates exquisite beauty if it is free.
We are so grateful to have discovered Tom's work. We love the color and energy his paintings bring to our home. The paintings are enlivened as light comes through the windows, changing intensity throughout the day.
Janice Lyons and Rick Ranum, Art Collectors
Tom uses his paints to refract and capture light. He uses iridescence, luminescence, glass and metal. The earliest texts in the alchemical canons are concerned with imitating pearls, gold and silver by creating pigments. The exploration of color and light as vibrational energy are the core of his process. Creating his paints allows him to embrace the alchemy.
Mica metallics are added to the paints and metallic inlays applied to the canvas. The metals and paints vary in viscosity and are layered, applied in a sequence to produce emotional and powerful effects. The painting may have heavy texture, luminescence or crystalline shapes, collaborating with Tom in the process. More than color; they hold the energy and this is felt by the viewer of the finished work of art.
The female figure in GRACE is strong in her conviction - love. She is a paradox - grace in form - with visible metallics (copper and gold) and color applied loosely. The colors and metallics compliment and contrast a duality.
GRACE was sold to Stephen and Kathy Dewalt who live in Bellevue, Washington where Stephen serves on the board at the Bellevue Art Museum. Their painting was delivered the week of the Bellevue Art Fair and Tom enjoyed spending an evening with them, discussing not simply painting but the arts and the power of creativity.
My husband and I were traveling with no intention of purchasing art but saw Tom's work in an exhibit and fell in love with his painting Reflection. It was so compelling that we felt we had to have it. We arranged to ship it home and it now graces our living room.
Sandra Frank, Client