Artist Tom Glover
After studying with John Laurent, John Hatch, Sigmund Abeles and Conley Harris at the University of New Hampshire, Glover continued critiques with Laurent for a couple of decades. He followed Laurent’s advice to go see, “in the flesh”, the Great Masters. Tom’s older brother is an airline pilot, so he caught, from time to time, flights with his brother to Rome, Florence, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid. He did artists retreats, found galleries to show in, and painted and painted and painted.
One of his first retreats was on White Island of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. He was one of the last artists to spend a week on the island which at low tide adjoins Seavey Island. It had no phone, no electricity, no bathroom, no potable water. The old Coast Guard station building was described to him as, ” a wooden tent”. The gulls had broken into every room except one, which was an upstairs bedroom. But it afforded time to look, draw, paint, write, think all uninterrupted.
In 2000 Glover was one of eleven artists asked to Artsweek Retreat on Great Spruce Head Island, owned by the family of Fairfield Porter. Glover was able to use Fairfields easel and had free range to explore the entire island as well as access to kayaks and rowboats to explore the island from the water and surrounding islands.
Block Island is another place of interest to Glover and he has explored it on several occasions. It became a sort of fortunate formula for Glover to visit a place, explore it, do a series of paintings based on his explorations, and then to have a show at one of his galleries. Sales from the shows allowed him to venture off to other places. Pieced together with his ability to fly for very little almost anywhere, and the generosity of friends and collectors, he was able to visit Italy several times–the Cinque Terre, Ascoli Piceno, Siena, Todi, Montelpuciano, Cortona, and many other towns in Tuscany, Marche and surrounding regions. He has also traveled to England, Ireland, Costa Rica, New Mexico, Arizona, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Glover also has taught at the University of New Hampshire and teaches presently at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine. He has been an Artist in Residence on Appledore Island for the Shoals Marine Laboratory. He is a certified Weed Scuba Diver in the state of New Hampshire. He is also an oil painting restorer and works as picture framer and art restorer at Riverstones Custom Framing in Rochester, NH.
Across to the Cove
Oil on Canvas
8 ½ x 38 inches
Courtesy of the Artist