Thomas Patrick Hammond
Portraiture  •  Speciality Works  •  Commissions

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I work primarily on a commission basis.

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Why I paint and why it is important for you to create your own painting:

Let me tell you a story, it begins like this: A long, long time ago I was riding in the back seat of a car headed to somewhere that I can’t recall. What I do remember is that it was raining and I passed the time by watching the water bead up and stream down the window. The combination of the gray sky, the warm car, and the long trip made me drowsy. Just as I was falling asleep, I realized that this would be just one of innumerable moments in my life that I may never remember.

Over the course of my life, most of the daily experiences – countless meals, great conversations, long walks and vivid dreams – have been erased by the passing of time. They are gone. And while I failed to realize it in the car on that trip, it is not only the daily business of most of our lives that slips by unremembered; given enough time, we ourselves will slip away into the vastness of history.

It is the aim of an artist to snatch a moment from the remorseless rush of time and to reveal that singular fragment, frozen in time, to others. Capturing and holding up a sliver of life creates solidarity among all who share it. Likewise, isolating and transcribing an occurrence or a thought along with its emotional tenor can transform an indistinguishable fragment of time into a powerful conveyer of the human experience. In a nutshell, this is why I paint.

this: We share much with other living creatures, but the desire for beauty, the capacity for self-reflection, and the longing for eternity are distinctly human qualities.

On some subliminal level we need beauty despite its perceived lack of function.

If we were to give a horse a diamond ring, the horse would assess it only on the basis of its utility, essentially asking the question, “Is it useful, can I eat it?”

In contrast, the human being has the elevated option to not only ask, “Is it useful?” but also “Is it beautiful?”

Focus on the daily beauty within and without you. Affirm an appreciation of aesthetics as functional to our nature. Join in with Art Collectors all over the world and get some of your own.

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