Tom Carleton was born in Cambridge MA in 1925 and was a veteran of World War II, he served on a destroyer in the South Pacific. He graduated from the Scott Carbee School of Fine Arts in Boston in 1950, where he received a classical training degree with an emphasis on drawing. He pursued a career as an illustrator in New York and returned to Boston as a free-lance illustrator for the Boston Globe and Boston Post newspapers.
After painting for several years he was presented the James Morgan Award by the Boston Globe Civic Arts Competition for his impressionistic oil painting portraying the highlights of the then proposed Government Center. In addition, Tom worked for the Raytheon Company as an artist illustrator. He painted a series of marine watercolors of New England and was commissioned by Raytheon to do a series of paintings for the Paris Air Show.
His impressionistic paintings document old and new marine subjects as well as landscapes and seascapes. The paintings range from sea portraits to fishing boats in Gloucester Harbor, each capturing the light and mood of the day. During his retirement, Tom was able to devote his full energy to fine art. He preferred on-site painting in quiet environments, particularly Rockport, Ogunquit and the Canadian Rockies where, as he says, he can truly get the feel of the place. Working out of his studio in Waltham MA, he explained that he has seen his work grow through many evolutions; from illustrations to landscapes and from realism to impressionism, but his purpose is always the same, to communicate directly with people.
Tom has exhibited in New York City, The Rockport Art Association, The Ogunquit Art Association, Seven Arts Gallery, Jose Romero Gallery, the John Stobart Gallery and the Landmark Gallery. His paintings are in private collections throughout the United States and in Paris, Saudi Arabia and India. His personal favorite is a series of murals he painted for St. Luke’s Church, Belmont MA.
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