Kentucky artist Tom Poole paints with watercolors, acrylic, pastels and mixed media,www.tompooleart.com. He has studied with some of the best artists in the world and considers Cheng-Khee Chee to be his mentor. Tom's work has been accepted in many regional and national exhibitions including the Southern Watercolor Society, the Kentucky Aqueous Show and the Louisiana International Exhibition. He is a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, a member of the Southern Watercolor Society, the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Mississippi Watercolor Society and a regional director of the Kentucky Watercolor Society. He is also a member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.
His art has a strong emphasis on design and bold color. His figural and portrait paintings are contemplative and invite the viewer to be quietly drawn into the painting and more recently has been including mystic and spiritual components. He is striving to make his art more personal. He says, "My art is intended to be sensual, poetic and in some way a small look into the soul." He believes that a painting should be a continuous exploration, a continuous revelation that never stops telling you it's secrets.
His work is in many private and corporate collections and has paintings in the collections of the Lincoln Museum, Hodgenville, Kentucky and the Kentucky Museum, Western Kentucky University.His work is represented by Memphis Marsha's Gallery in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received his education at Western Kentucky University where he still attends life drawing sessions and the University of Kentucky.