New Orleans, Louisiana
Tom Walton was born in Oxford, United Kingdom. As an infant he relocated to Washington, DC. Beginning at age 16, he studied with the artist Carlo Pittore. Walton received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in 2007. In 2020, Walton had a solo show of his paintings at Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia and was included in a four-person show at The Front in New Orleans LA. He is a recent recipient of an Elizabeth Greenshields grant. He has a painting in the permanent collection of the Woodmere Museum located in Philadelphia. In 2018, he curated a national show of paintings titled Real to not Real at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he is an Assistant Professor of Painting. Walton is married to the artist Laura Velez and lives in New Orleans.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021
I am currently focused on creating life-size portraits of people from Southeast Louisiana in environments that reflect their psychological interior, made from direct observation. My artistic philosophy is one of slowing down, listening, and letting the moment guide the painting. The psychology of perception is at the forefront of my interests. I am deeply engaged in how the act of painting can reveal my own feelings about a subject.”