Thomas F. Hardcastle
Thomas Hardcastle, born in Boston and raised in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, is a resident of Ojai, California where he paints and takes an active role in visual arts. Tom’s work was inspired by and is reflective of his love of nature.
Shows of note include several solo exhibitions at the Ojai Art Center, Ojai Studio Artists museum show, the Ventura County Post Office, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Art Walk, Beverly Hills Affaire in the Garden, and a variety of group exhibitions. His exhibitions continue to receive dramatic attention.
Hardcastle’s recent featured works: “Lovebird Bacchanalia” won a merit award at the Degas Exhibition in New Orleans in 2012 as well as First Place in the Ventura County Fair Pro Arts category; “Carpinteria Flower Fields” won the Pastel Society of America Award at the Degas Exhibition and “Taft Ranch” was featured at the Oglethorpe Museum (Atlanta) during the South Eastern Pastel Society Annual Open in 2011.
Tom Hardcastle most recently studied under Carlos Grasso, is an exhibiting member of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast, the Degas society, Santa Barbara and Oil Painters of America exhibiting member and former Ojai Studio Artist member.
"The subjects that intrigue me are those who in their traits , colors and appearance become visual metaphors for certain human characteristics."
Support for Conservation:
- 2013 - St. Augustine Art Association 4th annual Wildlife and Nature
JULY 25-AUG 31 6th ANNUAL NATURE & WILDLIFE EXHIBITION
The beauty and wonder of the natural world are celebrated in this stunning gallery-wide exhibition. A large prize purse attracts top artists from near and far whose one-of-a-kind pieces are sold for the benefit of conservation efforts and art education.
- 2012 - Degas Pastel Society
Winner of Pastel Society of America merit Award
Winner of New Orleans Art Association Merit Award
- 2012 - Southeastern Pastel Society
Included in annual international open exhibition at the Oglethorpe Museum in Atlanta ,GA
- 2007 - SantaBarbara International Orchid Show
2nd place oil painting division
- 2005 - Oil painters of America
- 2005 - Degas Society
The Degas Pastel Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1984, dedicated to promoting public awareness of the pastel medium and providing exposure and recognition for the Society's members through exhibitions.
- 2002 - Ojai Studio Artists
A juried group of artist living and working in the Ojai Valley to promote art and art education
- 1997 - Santa Barbara Art Association
A juried group of Santa Barbara artists exhibiting in a number of venues within Santa Barbara including their own gallery, Gallery 113 in La Arcada Plaza, State Street
- 1992 - Ojai Art Center
California's oldest non profit art center
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