Tom Applegate lives and creates on California’s Central coast. He has been painting most of his life and his love for the natural world has always had a strong influence in his work. A native Californian, he has spent a great deal of time gathering inspiration in the outdoors; hiking, surfing, climbing, flying, and exploring. Tom has studied art in Europe and here at home, but he is mainly, and intentionally, self-taught. ”I have made art more of a creative journey as opposed to an education based endeavor. I have always wanted to create what interested me at any particular time. Catching ideas as they come. I work with different media, styles and subjects. Sometimes I want to be in a warm landscape, other times in an abstract world, tweaking things on the computer, making film, or maybe looking a bug-eyed fish in the eye.”
While not particularly interested in art competition, Tom has never-the-less accumulated a number of awards for his work. His first was in the 4th grade when he won a school-wide competition and had his painting displayed in the San Diego Museum of Art.
When painting, Tom primarily works with oil paints because of their versatility and superior qualities. He rarely does preparatory drawings; preferring spontaneity to planning. He also enjoys mixing his paintings, photography and computer graphics to create very unique mixed media work. As of late he has been combining his images and video to create experimental films.
Tom is an adventurer at heart. He has a strong connection with the ocean but also roams the deserts and mountains for pleasure and artistic inspiration. In addition to art, Tom has worked as a private biological consultant specializing in with wildlife and habitat issues, is an accomplished rock and mountain climber, a commercially rated and aerobatic pilot, solo desert explorer, surfer, and partner at Green Fish Designs.