"I am an Urban Fantasy artist - a painter of contemporary night city scenes and narrative works inspired by pop culture, steampunk, and pulp fiction. I try to express mystery, beauty, and wonder in all my work. City lights glittering like brittle shards of broken glass have always fascinated me. The sparkle of street lights, the neon signs, and the pulsing glow of traffic, create a sense of excitement and an underlying feeling of danger and edginess that is almost intoxicating!" ~Tom Shropshire
A lifetime artist, Shropshire’s career began early. By the age of thirteen, Shropshire had his first professional art training in adult studio classes with renowned watercolorist Earl Gessert. By age fifteen, he had an agent in Chicago, a solo exhibition of his work, and was competing and winning awards in exhibitions at a national level. His career has spanned over five decades and continues to evolve even today. In a sea of sameness his work stands out as unique and different, and that difference is a good thing.
Tom has won recognition and numerous awards during his career and his paintings are represented in museums, cultural centers and many private and corporate collections worldwide, including Northwestern Mutual, Thrivent Financial, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His paintings have been featured on the covers of national magazines and on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is also a popular painting instructor with a loyal following of students and collectors.
His most recent work includes vivid Impressionistic paintings of night city scenes and the urban landscape. These atmospheric cityscapes have become widely known as his signature style.