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Portraits of Houses and Towns by Tom Menard

A complex painting of a county fairCountry Fair 1

Tom Menard has been painting since the late 1960s, and is based in small-town Connecticut. The artist’s surroundings clearly inspire much of his current body of work, with Tom’s detailed, illustrative portraits of houses and towns carrying an undeniable small-town atmosphere. 

A painting of a house on the edge of a lakehouse moosup

I’m always impressed by the level of detail and intricacy that Tom packs into each of his works. The artist’s town portraits are dense and demand close examination, inviting the viewer to follow winding paths between tiny buildings and through equally tiny yet texturally detailed foliage. 

A screen capture of Tom Menard's art portfolio

Very occasionally, Tom’s works are imbued with a darker tone that belies the light, illustrative storybook quality, such as in NYC for Ken, in which the World Trade Center can be seen smoking in the background behind the statue of liberty. This is also one of Tom’s only paintings of a larger metropolis, and it’s interesting to see the contrast here between the moods and mentalities of towns and cities.

A painting of New York with the two towers burningNYC for Ken

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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