Tom Browning was born in 1949
and has been a professional artist since 1972.
Although his true passion for art is best seen in his
fine art genre paintings, he is perhaps best known for
his wonderful images of Santa Claus.
After attending the University of Oregon as an
art major, Tom Browning almost immediately began
selling and submitting paintings to the galleries.
As his interests in subject matter and medium
continued to evolve, collectors continued
encouragement by eagerly accepting his changing
themes and directions. Now there are few subjects
Tom Browning hasn't painted, but figures, still life
and landscapes remain his favorites.
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It's ironic that a commercial venture launched
by Tom Browning and his wife, Joyce, fifteen years ago
created an entirely new market for Santa Claus and
put Tom Browning at the top when it comes to
depicting the beloved icon both at work and play.
Tom Browning's treatment of these paintings as fine art
was a key factor in their success and popularity.
In 1994 his instructional book "Timeless Techniques
for Better Oil Paintings" revealed yet another
aspect of Tom Browning's talents — teaching.
Since then, he has conducted oil painting workshops
all across the country, and has helped and encouraged
hundreds of eager to learn painters of all ages.
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Even though people have been the subjects of
Tom Browning's paintings, a recent interest in
portraiture has found him focusing on treating the crafts
as yet another form of fine art. The likes of Sargent,
Sorolla and Zorn have inspired him to look at a
portrait as a challenge to create a subject of interest
to any observer and lover of art.
Tom Browning has painted over 123 delightful scenes
of Santa since 1984 when Arbor Green Publishers
began printing greeting cards and prints.
These designs are also licensed to manufacturers
that feature them on many other products such as
greeting cards, figurines and gift bags.
~Tom Browning Cards
~The Spirit of Santa
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