Tom Upson View Artist's Bio

My focus as an artist has always been toward nautical and coastal scenes, beginning with my childhood vacations on  Cape Cod and an early interest in U.S. and naval history.

For twenty five years, I worked as a commercial shellfisherman, digging steamers and quohogs on the sand flats of Chatham. This gave me a unique view into the light and color patterns that occur at sea and on the coastline. I am fascinated by the ever-changing patterns of wave and surf  and the light and color patterns they create. It is “Cape Cod light”, as someone dubbed it years ago, that is the primary focus of my watercolors.

Carl Evers, who is considered by many to be one of the premier marine artists of the twentieth century, is the artist whose work has most heavily influenced my own, and I was fortunate enough to meet him when I was in high school. He showed me how he did his paintings, and my own technique and style have evolved from what he taught me.

Over the course of many years. I have exhibited my work in numerous galleries on the Cape, including  Jan Collins Selman Fine Art, the Munson Gallery, and the Chatham Art Gallery. Last year, I won the “First Place, Watercolor” award at the “All Cape Art Show”, at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham.

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