Tom was born in Colchester and grew up in Oxfordshire.
Realising his plan to be a professional snowboarder was permanently on ice, he decided to make his living as an artist and has been doing just that since 2005. Starting out as an illustrator, Tom turned to painting in 2012, when the lure of oils became irresistible.
Working ‘en plein air’, Tom loves to be immersed in the elements and enjoys the process of making a picture – wrapped in Gortex and Merino wool in all weathers – as much as the end result. Fuelled by good coffee, he observes and chronicles the atmospheric gloom and subtle greys of the winter, the restless drama of the sky and the play of light on everything, from city streets to angry seas.
Back in the laboratory-hush of the studio, Tom enjoys exploring the minutiae of composition, controlling shape, shadow and light in ways that the outdoors won’t allow. It’s a different kind of creative freedom. Tom’s work has amassed quite a following, and Artists and Illustrators magazine distils this enthusiasm clearly:
“[Tom Hughes] only turned to oils in 2012, but he has…established himself as one of the UK’s most promising young painters”