A brief overview.
I began as an artist 30 years ago, first as an assistant in art schools and I made art on commission. I developed a following in Ireland and was very busy for many years. Eventuallya vague dissatisfaction set in so I threw myself into creating art groups. Life drawing was my favorite subject so I found others to paint and draw with, in the United Arts Club and Trinity College.
Following several art publications, indexing artists, disseminating their works and history and distributing these throughout the country, it exposed me to a lot of information and resulted in the realization that I had to leave Ireland.
American or France? I chose France and lived in Paris for 10 years. It was a real struggle but I managed. In that time I studied with some fantastic artists, ran two art galleries and met a lot of very interesting people. Finally one of the artists on the Ile Saint Louis convinced me to leave France and study in Florence Italy with his master. This is where I met John Michael Angel of the Angel Art Academy in Florence.
I needed to focus my diverse artistic interests in one direction so I chose landscape as it’s one of the most difficult with the most to offer in terms of challenge. Landscapes are a celebrations of natures diverse and complex beauty. It is ever changing and vibrant even in the depths of winter. I drawing and paint the human figure for pleasure.
Tom. J. Byrne
Plein air Artist, Paintings and Drawings