Tom Perkinson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1940. He was raised in the country, and developed a love for the natural landscape. In grade school, he discovered that he had a talent for art.
During high school he studied at the John Herron Institute of Art in Indianapolis. After high school, he studied at the Chicago Academy of Art.
Tom then attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned his bachelor's degree. After graduating, he moved to Albuquerque to pursue his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at The University of New Mexico.
Tom continued to paint the landscape, which now reflected his new fascination with the southwest. He found that the drama of light and shadow, and the mystery that characterizes New Mexico held great appeal to him. He recognized that he had found an infinite source of inspiration in the panorama of the southwest landscape.
He taught art at The University of New Mexico for two years after receiving his Master’s Degree. In 1970, he turned to painting full time. His work is included in private and public collections around the world, and he is represented in the collections of many museums, including the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; The University Art Museum, Albuquerque; and the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art in Indianapolis.
P.O. Box 724
Corrales, NM 87048