About The Artist:
Tom Hale began his art career at the ripe age of seven when he set his drawing board upon an empty orange crate and began drawing futuristic automobiles. His passion for creating art and drawing cars continued through his high school years where he steadily refined his skills. Upon graduating from high school in 1958, Tom joined the U.S. Navy and lived aboard a destroyer for two years. When his tour of duty ended, Tom headed to California to enroll at the Art Center school in Los Angeles in 1963. Soon after, Tom married his loving wife Micki. Tom’s enthusiasm for art and automobiles carried him through college and, in 1966, he graduated with Honors from the prestigious Art Center school with a degree in Transportation Design.
In 1966, Tom joined General Motors as a Styling Designer (his dream come true). After two years at GM, Tom spent one year at Chrysler styling before moving on to his longtime position of seventeen years at the American Motors Corporation. In 1985, Tom came to the realization that his creative talent was under utilized, and made the decision to leave the styling profession to pursue his fine art career on a full-time basis.
Tom’s career in art has brought him much reward. He has sold more than three-thousand original paintings to clients in the U.S. and twelve other countries. His work has been commissioned for a total of 41 event posters, and some of Tom’s original paintings have been reproduced in limited-edition print. His numerous awards (totaling over 350) are punctuated by the Gold Medal of Honor which he received from the American Watercolor Society (AWS).
Tom considers every day an opportunity to create. His original paintings are shown around the country at popular automotive events such as Meadow Brook, Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Auburn and CCCA. Tom resides in Northville, Mich., where he spends each day painting the fine art of the automobile.