About Tom Hlas
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Born in 1954, Tomís painting is a culmination of his varied life experiences, from training in art, music and theatre, studies in philosophy and theology, work in youth ministry to a career in marketing.

Coming from rural Iowa where he grew up the eighth of ten children, Tom obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Iowa where he specialized in voice and music theatre. After teaching music in public school, he worked as a Director of Religious Education and Youth Minister at a local parish in Iowa. He then went on to study theology and philosophy with graduate studies at The Catholic Univesity of America, Washington, DC.

After emersing himself in spiritual training, Tom turned to the business world where he focused on many aspects of advertising and marketing. At the same time he studied painting with the artist team, Ken Conley and Laura Conley. It was then that he discovered his passion for painting.

Tomís preferred medium is acrylic on wood panel. He paints using plastic putty knives rather than traditional brushes or palette knives. His technique of layering paint yields a rich, smooth surface of color that is beautiful and complex and at the same time draws the viewer into its depths.

Tom has exhibited at:

- The Grande Gallery in the Gables             (Coral Gables, Florida)
- The Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts        (Plantation, Florida)
- Cronos Art (Miami, Florida)
- Access Gallery (Aruba)
- Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami, Florida)
- Food Cafť / Swirl (Miami, Florida)
- Art at the Cathedral
     (Trinity Episcopal Cathedral,
       Miami, Florida)
- And has paintings in private and             corporate collections

Tom Hlas
Photo: Cronos Art

Tomís paintings are created on what he calls wooden boxes. Typically the box is 2-1/4Ē deep. In the photos above and below you can see his technique of painting the edges of the box as well as the face allowing the painting to float on the wall unencumbered by a traditional picture frame.

This site is dedicated to all sentient beings.
May they be happy and free of suffering.

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All abstract paintings and art work on this site are original.
2003 - 2006 Copyright Thomas P. Hlas. All rights reserved.

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