If you ever had any doubt, spend some time with the paintings of Tom Palmore. For the past 33 years Palmore has focused his attention, creative energies and masterful skills on the creatures that share the planet with us.
"My paintings are about other earthlings that we share this planet with... and about our relationship with them. I care very much about the environment and about endangered species. I feel an emotional connection to animals and I believe we have no more right to this planet than they do. There are all kinds of ways to communicate. For me, one of the most effective ways is through a sense of humor.” – Tom Palmore
Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Palmore’s education and art training occurred at several institutions, concluding with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 1969. For more than 35 years, Tom Palmore has painted animal portraits with thoughtfulness and compassion for his subject and a masterful technical prowess. His photo-realist portraits of animals offer a unique and often comical juxtaposition of technical literalism and surreal narrative.
Palmore paints large-scale, bold animal portraits with reverence and tenderness. Art viewers feel that his subjects are almost available to touch. The only aspect which breaks the trompe l'oeil illusion is the backdrop of the uncanny scene - such as a portrait of a cat set against bird wallpaper, or a frog poised in front of butterfly wallpaper.