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Tom Swopes has been making art for over five decades.  He has been teaching others to make and appreciate art since 1981, and he retired from teaching in 2012 after 25 years of teaching drawing, painting, and sculpture at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  Tom is a summa cum laude graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington with a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture.  He has won numerous awards and you will find his work in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. 


Tom Swopes is a storyteller and at its core, his work is expressionist in nature.  While his work is a personal narrative, his themes are universal and depict the basic experiences we all share.  Jungian in his perspective, his work reflects themes of balance by addressing the polarities necessary to any self-regulating system: life and death, joy and sorrow, happiness and sadness, hope and despair, light and dark, gain and loss, creation and destruction.  Much of his work is dreamlike and appears to be a reflection on the journey of life and the passage from this life to the next.  

Please also visit Tom on Facebook at The Art of Thomas Swopes.

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