I have been passionate about the creation of fine art for a lifetime. However, my early working years led me to pursue other careers; the first as a gymnastics coach / physical director and the second in mechanical engineering. In 2013 I decided to leave the corporate world of business development and move to New York City to begin my “third career” as a professional artist.
New York uniquely provided access to many opportunities to view and obtain concentrated instruction in the creation of fine art. I was and continue to be inspired by the artistic environment in New York where the recent resurgence in the creation of realistic art by contemporary masters is thriving. Many schools, ateliers and studios of artists who paint, sculpt and instruct in the realistic styles of the European and American masters of the 18th and 19th centuries have been established. The realization that concentrated study was going to be necessary to get me to the next level of artistic excellence led me to New York and to a studio where I could work full time in the study and practice of realistic painting.
I had the unique opportunity to obtain this level of instruction at the studio of master artist and instructor Joshua LaRock. Joshua is my son and his studio at the time was located on East 23rd street in the heart of the “Flat Iron District” of New York City. In addition to the blessing of receiving artistic instruction and working alongside my son for three years, I received incredible exposure and training in classical methods.
In January 2016 I returned to The Woodlands, Texas to continue to study and work full time; painting, teaching and marketing oil paintings in the realistic and classical style of contemporary masters and other masters from the 18th and 19th centuries. I endeavor to produce art that tells a story in a timeless manner and compels the viewer to consider the beauty, truth and goodness in all people and the world in which we live.
I accept commissions for paintings and currently paint a wide range of subjects, predominately in oil, ranging from still life and floral to landscape and portraiture.
Tom LaRock - 2017
A study in classical realistic painting begins with an intensive program of learning to draw with precision and dimension. Drawings of Bargue plates and rendering plaster casts in graphite typically takes a student a year of study and guided practice to complete. The next year of training is devoted to classes in cast painting, portrait, figure drawing and the theories of perspective and color. The program concludes with up to 2 years of painting still life, floral, portrait and figure works accompanied by regular peer and professional critiques.
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society - Best of America Exhibit - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Oil Painters of America - The Twenty-Sixth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Cincinnati, Ohio
Curator of Fine Arts - 15th Annual Woodlands Home and Garden Show - The Woodlands, Texas
International Guild of Realism - Winter Salon - Scottsdale, Arizona
Woodlands Art League - Best Floral (professional)
Artists of Texas - Winter Show, Breckenridge, Texas
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
Oil Painters of America
International Guild of Realism
Woodlands Art League
Conroe Art League
Galveston Art League
Lone Star Art League
Glade Foundation - The Woodlands, Texas
Campobella Bronze Sculpture and Tom LaRock Paintings - Conroe, Texas
Davinci Art Gallery - Tomball, Texas
Woodlands Art League
2013 through 2015
Fine Art Studies - New York City