Saturday, May 19, 2012

PSoA Certificate of Excellence: Tom Edgerton

Tom Edgerton
From Darkness to Light
30 X 27 in.
oil on canvas

Tom Edgerton is a portrait artist and educator from Greensboro, North Carolina, and also one of the founding members of the Portrait Society of America.  During his three-decade-long career since graduating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Edgerton has received more than two dozen awards for creative achievement, including recognition from the American Advertising Federation and the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Twice now, fellow portrait artists have honored Edgerton as one of the ten finalists in previous Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competitions, and one of those years, he was also presented with one of four special Merit Awards for his work.  His portraits hang in private homes, on university campuses, and in the headquarters of businesses and philanthropic foundations, and include such subjects as: Renowned professional golfer, Sam Snead;  Former deputy chairman of STAR-TV/ASIA, Richard Li;  Vice Admiral Rodney P. Rempt, former Superintendent of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis; Philanthropist Joseph M. Bryan, benefactor of the Bryan Foundation; Theologian Dr. W. Randall Lolley; and Vice Admiral Van Alford, United States Naval Reserve (ret.).

"'From Darkness to Light' was created for a local show on the theme of Courage, that included several health care facilities among its venues. I wanted to try and capture the real and subtle emotions involved, so instead of hiring a model, I put out a call among our area artists, and was introduced to this modest but brave woman who was going through treatment at the time. (She had a subsequent surgery the same week she sat for me.) We had similar aims for the piece--showing beauty and strength in the midst of adversity. I'm grateful to her for the grace she brought to the work. I've subsequently heard that she's doing well now and is putting it all behind her."

More of Tom Edgerton's work can be seen at

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