Occasionally, there is an artist that becomes such a part of the Cabell Gallery, that we wouldn't seem complete without his work. That's how we feel about Tom Tartaglino. He is an artist that we have represented for many years, but now through this highly anticipated solo show, we will get to see an entire collection of work that he put together just for us...and more importantly, for you.
In September of 2018 we will feature the works of artist Tom Tartaglino with his show "Rivers and Mountains : the Beauty of the Shenandoah Valley." His realism can be astounding, but what I like the most about his paintings is that I could look at it for years and every time see something I hadn't seen before. Come meet him and discuss his new collection. It's so fascinating to hear how much thought goes into each work (down to the handmade frames!) yet he makes it look so effortless.
Tom was born 1956 in Heidelburg, Germany, but he grew up in suburban Maryland, married, and moved to Palmyra, Virginia in 1979. There he bought a house in the country to raise vegetables and children before attending Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a BFA in 1994. He has worked as an artist since.
"Although I am an art school graduate, my training and experience come from a lifetime love of painting. Art school gave me helpful hints. My inspiration for a work of art usually happens while observing a scene many times. The scene will draw me in and I start to see what it is I am attracted to. I will try to capture a psychological truth about my subject, which I see in plein aire impressionism, but I will be looking for subtleties that an impressionistic handling would miss. Through close observation, I concentrate on the details that make it realistic and truthful. When complete, it will be about something beyond the scene. It will have a depiction of a physical person or place, but carry a mood we all identify with."