Tom hails from Walkerton, IN, a small town in the midwest, where he began drawing proficiently at the age of three.
By the time he reached High School, he was winning art awards and known for his creative talent. It was there he met his Art Teacher and mentor, John Thomas, an acclaimed award winning Artist.
In his Sophomore year, Tom was asked to attend a Vocational Commercial Art School for advanced High School art students, taking him to another level of learning in the commercial advertising world. Winning regional, state, and national VICA and Hallmark awards, Tom received acceptance to the Chicago Art Institute, one of the premier art schools in the country.