While he has always worked as a fine artist, Tom Gilleon’s career began years ago in the commercial field and as an illustrator for NASA’s Apollo Program. He has since spent many years working with Disney and other theme park design groups as both a designer and illustrator. Working with some of the great motion picture art directors there, has led to his involvement in the motion picture industry as well, where he has worked as an illustrator and storyboard artist on films such as the Disney movie, “Dick Tracey”.
His diverse assignments have led to his living in all four corners of the country. Currently residing near Cascade, Montana, Gilleon is surrounded by inspiration for his art. His clean impressionistic style challenges the imagination and has garnered a strong following. His evocative perceptions of reality feature bold luminous color and economy of detail. His trademark tipi paintings suggest a mythical glow as if illuminated by the moon or glowing embers within. The effect can be mesmerizing.
In his own words, “Looking back, I was probably most influenced by the old era art directors and illustrators, Herb Ryman especially, who had the amazing ability to quickly and simply tell a story or convey a feeling with their artwork. I believe that this simplicity and strength is the key to fine art. Light, color, value, composition and line are paramount in importance.”