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Artist Tom Missel


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Biography


At a young age, Tom realized he was destine to be an artist, occupying much of his time drawing.  Raised in St. Louis, he studied art at Washington University and Fontbonne College, gaining a foundation of art essentials.  His love of nature and longing to escape the urban setting took him on a long journey westward, crisscrossing the western U.S.   With a thirst for adventure coupled with a desire to capture the beauty that nature offers, Tom found himself in Alaska, where natural wonders abound.   There he began pursuing scenes for painting and other medium.  Now, living in coastal Alaska and working as a commercial fisherman in many areas of the state, especially Prince William Sound,  for three decades has provided unlimited material and inspiration for his art.  His many experiences in remote areas over this vast region has instilled a deep intimate connection with the natural world virtually untouched by man.
      Self taught, Tom now paints in oils but has also painted in watercolor for over 15 years along with acrylics when appropriate for a particular project.  Much of his skills were developed over many years of self education and practice, dedicating his free time to studying artwork and writings of artists past and present.  Trial and error, experimentation and the joy of discovery, along with his desire for a more perfect expression of his vision spurred Tom on to continue to pursue the challenging act of painting.  He is a member of the Oil Painters of America.  He has won awards in several juried art shows and has participated in both group and solo gallery shows.  
     During the spring and summer months Tom works  on his fishing boat "Tulugaq" pursuing wild Alaskan salmon on the waters of the Gulf of Alaska at the [...]

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