WHY TOM THOMSON?
I was interested in observing the work of others for the benefit of enhancing my
own skills as a painter. I believe that we only learn through imitating others.
I wanted to follow the direction of a painter who was prolific in his time and had a style or approach I could appreciate and adapt to my own method of representation and interpretation.
Always admiring the work of Tom Thomson, I was astonishingly still not aware of the significance of his work or the volume of panels he produced in a rather short period.
I spent a lot of time reading and researching his life and his work and was able to draw a comparison to myself in terms of his methodology, his background, and his approach to painting. I read everything I could find and purchased almost all the books that dealt with his life and his work. Other sources of information were discovered online through various websites, specifically the galleries that featured his work in a public setting. Tom Thomson became my role model or mentor and someone whose path I could follow as I began my own journey of growing and learning as a painter.
Attempting to understand Thomson's approach and means of attacking the painting was interesting for me considering the differences in life 100 years ago and how he visualized the work he produced. Thomson's brief commercial background provided him with a sound sense of composition, design and colour theory that I believe helped guide his efforts. Thomson would have seemed to me "a no rules kind of guy" and that attitude suited me perfectly. I decided that I would mirror the few prolific years he painted and take up the challenge 100 years later.
To treat Tom Thomson as a mentor and attempt to understand what drove him to paint in a fashion that was not prominent in the art world of the day was an exercise that I could learn and grow from and improve my own interpretation of the landscape with the added benefit of sharing the experience with others.
I look forward to the journey itself, am enjoying the process thoroughly, and hope to have the opportunity to share the results of my efforts at the time of completion.