Based in Northern Kentucky, Tom became interested in watercolor twenty years ago and although he has no formal art education it’s misleading to say that he is self taught. “I wanted to be a watercolorist and to that end I read everything I could find out about the media. Most of my instruction came from friends who just happened to be some of the country’s best painters”
Tom began his career with pen and ink, and still enjoys it, but watercolor, by far his favorite medium. He has mixed the two art forms successfully to produce art prints for the University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, Bowling Green University, Miami University, Northern Kentucky, Chase College of Law, and The U.S. Postal Service, high schools, cities and corporations. His prints have been used at fundraisers for the Taft Museum, the Cincinnati Bicentennial Committee, The Covington Children’s Home, The Railroad Exposition, The American Cancer Society, The National Olympic Committee, and many, many more. Tom’s prints and originals are in private, public and corporate collections nationally.
As a writer, Tom contributed short-humor newspaper articles weekly for 14 years .His first published book, Carneal Street Gator, is a collection of stories about his riverbank childhood.
Tom says “I don’t think my words will ever be associated with social relevance or meaningfulness but they do have a message. Its not from me to the viewer but from the viewer’s past to his present and if my watercolors of river boats, lighthouses or covered bridges remind them of a earlier, perhaps more enjoyable time, I guess they’re worth sharing.”
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, residents Tom Gaither and his wife Gee, are parents of Carter, Meg and Hillie. They are owners of Tom Gaither’s Studio and Gallery, a 29 year old business in Ludlow, Kentucky, offering Tom’s artwork, corporate and retail framing.
tom’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.