It is difficult to separate Tom Clark the teacher, from Tom Clark the storyteller, from Tom Clark the artist. Each is woven into the fabric of the other. After 34 years of teaching young children, mostly kindergarten, Tom retired and began to explore the world of visual arts. He currently does picassiette (broken china mosaics), collage, and assemblage. All his works tell a visual story. Recently he even began to include original poetry to accompany many of his art pieces!
Tom feels strongly influenced by the passion and intuitive nature of folk artists, like Raymond Isidor (for whom the term picassiette was coined). In French picassiette means “plate stealer”! Tom assures everyone that he doesn’t steal any plates, but he does break them! In fact, he only breaks china that is already chipped, cracked, or somehow not purposeful. He feels his work is the ultimate recycling since he uses so many objects that would find their way to the landfill if he didn’t repurpose them. His mantra is “repurpose, on purpose, with purpose”.