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Eldora, Iowa, United States
Hello- welcome to my blog. My name is Tom Christopher and I have been a landscape artist for many years. I enjoy painting scenes near my home in rural Eldora, Iowa. I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Charter Member of the Pastel Society of Iowa.

2013 Workshops


1. May 4 and 5...Maquoketa Art association. Maquoketa Iowa.
2. May 18 and 19 Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines Iowa
3..September 12,13,and 14 Eurekas Springs Art center
Eurekea Springs Ar.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Thoughts

Hello--as many of you know I will be retiring from my career with the State of Iowa in September 2009. I am hopeful to be able to direct my efforts to painting and promoting pastel art as more of a full time artist. From time to time, I thought I would record my observations and any other painting news or new techniques that may be of interest to readers..
Today , while browsing Wet Canvas website, I noticed a thread in the Pastel Talk forum reviewing a plein air workshop with artist, Kim Lordier. I was fortunate to meet Kim at the IAPs convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this year. I was very impressed with Kim’s approach to creating art and her dedication to the medium. She was very willing to talk about her struggles and achievements . I also attended one of her demonstrations at the convention. I would definitely recommend her workshop to anyone who wants to learn techniques in Plein Air painting. I know if she were to come to the Mid West, I would be the first to enroll.


  1. Thanks, Tom for the review for Kim. She does great work.

    Congratulations to you. You will be a big success as a pastel full time artist!! We will be watching you....

  2. Tom- very nice comments about Kim. I know you will have great success out on your own.

    It was such a pleasure hanging out with you at IAPS. Maybe in two years all the WetCanvas buddies will be taking a class from you!