Thomas Tuley
Watercolor and Pastel Paintings

Tom Tuley, who grew up in southern Indiana, took early retirement on the last day of 1995 after 38 years in the newspaper business (the last 12 as Editor and President of the Evansville, IN newspapers), and two years later moved to Brown County, where he abandoned his life-long love—writing—and began to explore painting. He studied under a Brown County artist for three years, was eventually asked to join the Brown County Art Gallery Artists’ Association, and spent the last 15 years as a member of that historic gallery, Indiana’s oldest.

He is a past president, vice-president and treasurer of the association there. In 2015 he and his wife moved to the Indianapolis area (between Zionsville and Whitestown), after spending 17 years in a log house in the middle of an 18-acre woods in Brown County.

Although he began painting in oil, he paints almost exclusively in watercolor and pastel now and specializes in rural and urban scenes, with an occasional still life. Tuley has been juried into some of Indiana’s finest annual exhibits (Hoosier Salon and Indiana Heritage Arts) a number of times, and says he finds painting and writing similar arts. “In writing, it sometimes takes just the change of a line or even a single word to make a good piece great; in painting, it may be something as simple as a shadow that takes a mediocre painting and makes it sing.” He still exhibits and sells his work at the Brown County Art Gallery, as well as ArtSplash, and his work can also be seen and purchased from his Facebook page (Tom Tuley, photos/albums/paintings).

Artist's Statement

“I paint what I see, as I see it.”


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