TOM MISSEL - Seward, Alaska

Mural - Tribute to Commercial Fishermen - 2003

At a young age, Tom realized he was destined to be an artist, occupying much of his time drawing. Raised in St. Louis, he studied art at Washington University and Fontbonne College, gaining a basic foundation of art essentials. His love of nature and longing to escape the urban setting took him on a long journey westward, crisscrossing the western U.S. With a thirst for adventure coupled with a desire to capture the beauty that nature offers, Tom found himself in Alaska, where natural wonders abound. Living in coastal Alaska and commercially fishing in Prince William Sound as well as other areas of the state for nearly three decades has provided unlimited material and inspiration for Tom's art. His many experiences in remote areas over this vast region has instilled a deep, intimate connection with the natural world virtually untouched by man.

Mostly self taught, Tom now paints mainly in oils, but has also painted in watercolor for over 15 years along as well as acrylics when appropriate for a particular project. Much of his skills were developed over many years of self education and practice, dedicating his free time to studying artwork and writings of artists past and present from his ever growing library. Tom is a member of the Oil Painters of America. He has won awards in several juried art shows and has participated in both group and solo gallery shows.

During the spring and summer months Tom works on his fishing boat "Tailwalker" pursuing wild Alaskan salmon on the waters of the Gulf of Alaska at the Copper River Delta and in Prince William Sound. This remote, rugged area has provided numerous scenes put to paint and canvas in the past.

"The quality of light and atmosphere in Alaska highlight this glorious place. There is a painting at every turn. I want to share the beauty I find and capture the mood of my surroundings both grandiose and intimate."