Tom Elden, Battle of Britain, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 5 x 4 ft.
"I became interested in art growing up in Chicago and visiting its museums and galleries. As a child I was privileged to take lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago and remember the strong smell of paint and thinners in the working area of the building. My paternal grandmother was an excellent painter of water colors; my limited claim in that area was a water color painting on display in a contest at a Chicago department store.
"In high school at Phillips Andover I learned how to paint in acrylics. I sketched a lot in college but really started painting on a trip to Europe between college and law school. I saw many countries and museums and galleries and painted in oils as I traveled. I painted during law school and owned the Elden Art Gallery in Menlo Park California. I painted after law school and then when overseas with the Navy for three years during the Vietnam war. I was stationed in the Philippines and Vietnam and also painted when visiting other countries such as Japan.
"I retired from the law in 2011 and took up painting in a serious way and have sold several paintings. I have visited galleries around the country. Two of my favorite artists are Piet Mondrian and Vincent Van Gogh. For an American artist I like Andrew Wyeth. I love color and am encouraged to do more abstract paintings. I also enjoy painting buildings, still lifes, landscapes and sometimes people. I may return to oils but for now paint in acrylics. I want to convey a message in all my art. I have started to exhibit in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County."
Tom Elden's work has been exhibited at the Palos Verdes Library District’s “Art in our Library” fall exhibition. He currently has paintings at King’s Harbor Church in Torrance California and will show again when the current exhibit changes. Elden will display in San Pedro, California at the indoor fine art show “Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles” October 18, 19 and 20, 2013. For more please visit: http://artbytomelden/