Growing up in Pennsylvania, Tom was an avid backpacker and rock climber. Earning a Bachelor of Fine Art from Kutztown State College, he taught printmaking at the Wyomissing Institute of Art, and served as the master printmaker for the Art Series Program, producing etching and lithograph editions for various NYC artists. Upon moving to Maryland, he joined The Artist’s Gallery in Frederick, and also served on the board of the Carroll County Art Council. His employment in industry and manufacturing further developed his sense of process, discovery and human error in art making, although he remains firmly anchored in natural subjects. His studio and residence are nestled in farmland near Union Mills, where he is a full time artist, and lives happily with wife Barbara and their children Bella and Taj.
Each of Thomas Sterner’s images pay homage to nature or human nature by offering a thoughtful or humorous message, juxtaposing subject, environment, technique and title. The viewer is prompted to interpret and connect to each piece, as the artist succeeds in his goal to make us think and smile.