After three years of intense study at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and a year of apprenticeship at a large advertising production house in the heart of downtown Chicago, Tom began his career in 1980.
Trained in the essentials of life drawing, illustration, design and painting, he refined his craft creating illustrations for various clients. Companies such as Quaker Oats, General Mills, Smuckers, Celestial Seasonings, Betty Crocker, Gatorade, Gillette, McDonald's, Sega, Nintendo, Enesco, Bradford Exchange Collectibles and Disney Studios all gave Tom an opportunity to explore and develop a very wide range of illustration styles and techniques.
He is well known for being the creator of now legendary cover artworks for Western markets from many golden era Konami games, mainly during the NES, Super NES and Sega Genesis years in the late '80s and early '90s. He was the creator of iconic cover artworks such as Axelay, Blades of Steel, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Cybernator, Double Dribble, Lethal Enforcers, Operation C, Rocket Knight Adventures, Sunset Riders, Super C, Super Castlevania IV, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, The Adventures of Bayou Billy, The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, and many others.
Tom now works on Christian themes exclusively. He began Triune Art as a means to produce and sell fine art products that contribute profits to churches, schools and missions.