Thomas De Somer
My desire as a visual artist is to bring a skilled interpretation and personal impression of the world around me through my brush and palette. I strive to optimize the qualities of watercolor while simplifying the painting process. I am convinced that art is a window into one’s soul and the creative outcomes I desire must reflect the wonder I have for the world and the joy it offers me as an artist.
3405 Bruin Pass
Auburn, IN 46706
Tom grew up on the south side of Chicago where he discovered a love for art. After graduating high school, he attended the American Academy of Art (Chicago) to study both commercial and fine art. The instruction he received moved him beyond simple amateur approaches and provided him with the tools to pursue a career as a commercial illustrator. It was at the Academy where he was highly influenced and inspired by Irving Shapiro, Robert Krajecki and Bill Parks as well as other talented art instructors. Shortly after completing the program, Tom was hired at Eaton & Iwen, an illustration studio located on Michigan Ave. and East Adams where he created hand illustrated storyboards for animated features and commercials as well as a variety of work for print ad campaigns. He worked alongside of art directors and marketing specialists providing high quality marker renderings and illustrations for several clients including Suave, Kraft Foods, Oldsmobile, Keebler, McDonalds, Quaker Oats and Kellogg's. Tom later left his career as an illustrator to study theology. He has since served in a variety of ministry leadership roles in New York, Chicago, Simi Valley, California and Fort Wayne, Indiana where he and his family now call home. Tom has presented live painting demonstrations onstage at major conferences and public events and has also offered classroom and workshop art instruction for adults, teens, and elementary students. He participates in juried exhibitions and has been the recipient of a number of local and regional awards for his work.
Tom is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana (WSI) and an associate member of both the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA). He is also an active member in the Fort Wayne Artists Guild and the Indiana Plein Art Painters Association (IPAPA).