Although Tom, grew up in the suburbs of West London, he spent his childhood holidays in Charmouth West Dorset where, from an early age, he soaked up the green hills and blue sea.
Finishing Art School in 1982, he left London and headed for the hills to paint the landscape and sea that had made such an impression on him as a youth. Tom worked from a beach hut at Charmouth, painting the changing light of Lyme Bay. He recently described the place as somewhere where "the nature of the place was very atmospheric with its deep grey blue Lias of the Cliffs, soft clay, the bay stretching out to the horizon, the edge of the land sucking the last throws of light from the twilight and the sea a shimmering plain."
For Tom, this was a time of opening out and siffting through all that stuff from art school. "I think this time formed a lot of ideas that I would keep retuning to in later years. The idea of light and colour, which I had excersised in college, being at the centre of my creative work. Now I was out there amongst it."