In creating the painting entitled Sailing home ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/sailing-home/ ) Tom came to realise that, although the image had come from a walk along the banks of the Camel Estuary, what in fact resonated for him here were memories of boyhood holidays along the South Devon coast; he and his brother Richard half living, half imagining Swallows and Amazons type adventures as their parents and younger sisters looked on from the nearby shore. Here again it was lingering over colour and form that brought this resonance to mind. He aimed to embody his enjoyment of such resonances in the way he painted these pieces. Of course viewers aren’t going to know about such personal references unless, like yourselves they’ve been informed about them. Nevertheless Tom felt confident that, as long as he could bring his sense of joy into making each painting, people would be able to bring in their own associations to enrich their viewing.
This painting ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/summer-evening-corner-st-columb/ ) grew from an occasion when Tom was within earshot of a chamber music evening given by Harmoniemusik, an ensemble that visits St Columb every summer. The resonance here was clearly related to the music he could distantly hear. In this painting he aimed to let the interlocking planes of stone and hanging slate, gable-ends and roof sections sing together through colour and pattern.