Tom Dickson was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1947. He began painting in oils at the age of 10 years with his father and from this point onward art became a focus in his life. After studying at Toronto's 'Ontario College of Art' in the mid '60's, he began to paint the countryside and wilds of northern Ontario. It was there in Tobermory that he met his future wife Donna and together they went on to share their life with their mutual love of art.
In Toronto, Ont. at the Ontario College of Art '66-'67:
My work was acknowledged as outstanding but I did not return for further study as I found the experience rather alienating.
Realism was regarded as "invalid" at that time -the painting dept. was uninspiring and the only alternative would have been advertizing -
I dropped out and you can therefore consider me "self taught" from this point.
I enjoyed great success as a painter of marine and city scenes, attracting a growing number of collectors. Beginning in the 1990's I also began showing on the west coast and not too long after moved to Hornby Island, British Columbia, where we opened a very popular summer gallery of our own.
I continued through the '90's to call B.C. home, enjoying the distinctive west coast environment in summer and spending the winter months in sunny Mexico, where it's possible to paint outdoors in any season; something Donna and I very much like to do.
I had first come to Mexico in 1967 and been absolutely enchanted with the scenery, the people, the culture and history. In 1970 I returned again with Donna and since that time Mexico has been included as a major part of our life experience.
We now live and paint in Mexico full time, based in the historic colonial era "silver town" of San Miguel de Allende. My originals are currently offered for sale principally through the Dickson Studio Gallery, #1 San Francisco, in the heart of San Miguel de Allende,
GTO., Mexico,and on line, every hour of every day at "Daily Paintworks.com"
Gallery Representation: :
I didn't formally enter the respectable "gallery scene" until I approached Zwickers Gallery in Halifax, 1979.
showed very successfully in Galeria 19, calle Jesus, for 5 years.
Oak Bay Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, B.C.
Wilsden Gallery, Courtenay, B.C.
Hornby Island B.C. -various venues
Dickson Studio Gallery
1985 - went to Hollis Street Gallery in Halifax, and continued to sell well through them into the '90's.
Moved to the west coast 1990 and sold through several venues through 2005;
Moved to Mexico 2005, and have since lived in San Miguel de Allende
We opened our own gallery on the towns central Jardin in 2010 and have done very well to the present.
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