Tom studied Illustration at the Art Students League and Stevenson Academy of Traditional Painting in New York. He was trained as a traditional painter in oil and pastel. Tom combines Illustrator and Photoshop with traditional ink drawings, still a traditional painter in that the concept is still based on an original sketch. Tom scans the sketch and works over it as his base layer. He then works in many layers as he needs and one illustration can have as many as 1500 layers.
He has found his vigorous line work and brush strokes gives him an opportunity to produce illustrations for his clients which give great scope for expressing action.