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Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Here's a new shot of something I just finished up. We went up to Deception Pass on Whidby Island and found some great agates on the shore there.  So that's what inspired this painting.  I had a lot of fun working on this one.  About half-way through I decided that the composition needed something to make it more interesting, and I came up with the idea to include the group of light-gray rocks to break up the scene.  I'm pretty happy with how it came together.  I'll probably do more of these...

Posted: Sep 18, 2020

Here's a progress shot of a painting I'm currently working on. Really loving this so far. It's the most ambitious painting I've done, involving 10 portraits!

No more Strangers

I'm planning to enter this into our church International art competition. The theme is "All are alike unto God". This subject is close to my heart, and this scene is what came to mind when I first learned...

Posted: Jan 23, 2020

About a year ago the church's video production team was out in our area looking for "interesting people" to shoot stories about faith and the Book of Mormon.  Somehow they ended up at my house and filming in my art studio.  I don't know why they thought I was interesting -- they...

Posted: Sep 09, 2019

This month I've got an art show up at our local library in Battle Ground, WA.  I have several portraits and also sea-scapes (water-scapes??) that I've been working on. If you're around the area, please stop into the gallery room!  The library also has 4 of my other paintings on permanent display on the opposite side of the building, in the reading room.  

art show by tom wheeler


Posted: Mar 01, 2019

Had a great time today visiting York Elementary School today. Talked to the kids about painting, drawing and answered lots of questions about the process of creating art!  I think a lot of them are excited to go home and start drawing and painting! It was a lot of fun & makes me want to get back to teaching again. Kids are awesome!! 

teaching art