Tom Freeman was born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1952. He was the third child of James and Doshia Freeman, (3rd of 5 children). The Freeman's lived in Michigan until Tom was 12 years old when the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland. Tom never had any formal art training and had always considered his talent as a God given gift. In fact school was of very little interest to him.Marine Corp Reserve in 1970. He later transferred from the Marine Corps Reserve to the regular Army.
His military service extended from 1970 to 1977. Tom's professional art career started when he left the military. He would visit the U. Naval Institute and would take samples of his work to them.
Finally, he asked what it would take to get his artwork on Proceedings Magazine. A gentleman by the name of Dell Kaiser showed Tom the artwork of Carl Evers. Tom contacted Carl and to this day considers Mr.
Evers the master of watercolors. Carl was very supportive, he told me to look closely at the art and that I would figure it out on my own.
Finally, Proceedings used one of Tom's paintings for their cover. This started Tom on the path of success. Tom started taking 35mm slides of his work and sending them to various book publishers. The first publisher to contact him and offer him a cover was G.Tom has worked with most of the large publishing houses such as Dell, Jove, Bantam, and Berkley. Tom's work has appeared on many magazines such as Readers Digest, Popular Mechanics, Boating, Yachting, Business Week, and even the TV Guide. His work has been placed on porcelain plaques and plates for Franklin Mint and the Hamilton Group.
Tom's artwork has been exhibited in many galleries Kirsten, Greenwich, Mystic, and the Grand Central Gallery. He has done work for the National Parks Service and many corporations throughout the world. In 1986 Tom was asked to hang his original paintings in the West Wing of the White House. Currently, there are 8 original paintings hanging there along with several of his limited edition prints. Tom completed 12 paintings, which were on exhibit at the Naval Museum in Washington, DC.
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the attack. One of Tom's paintings was donated to the State of Israel; it hangs in the Immigration/Clandestine and Naval Museum in Haifa.
On April 10, 2002 Tom had the honor of giving one of his paintings to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II in Vatican City, Rome. The painting is hanging in Pope Pius IX museum in Italy. The White House Historical Association commissioned Tom for 4 years to produce cover art for the Association's annual Christmas card. Tom was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award on April 3, 2003.
On September 3, 2003 Tom presented a painting to President George W. Bush depicting the President's landing aboard the U. The painting was presented to him in the Oval Office.
Tom won the 2003 Gold and Platinum Ozzie Award in the category of "Best use of illustration for a single article, " Popular Mechanics Magazine, The Hearst Corporation. Tom also won the SILA award for the 42nd Society of Illustrators Los Angeles annual contest; winning the silver award for Editorial Artwork. Tom had been selected as the first artist in residence to the United States Naval Institute.
Tom Freeman Numbered Limited Edition Print "Action in the Slot". The Japanese destroyer Makigumo goes down at the hands of PT-124 in 1943.When one speaks of romantic images of naval vessels of the World War II era, the PTs are at the top of the list. These boats were made of wood with a crew of gutsy sailors who blazed a path through the Pacific theater like no other. Fighting on disease-infected islands, poor facilities, bad food, and extremely limited on all supplies, the crew and skippers performed an impossible mission. In the beginning of World War II, the PTs were tasked with stopping or stalling the Japanese onslaught until the U. Navy was ready to fight on their own terms. The PT boats assisted in the desperate fight, trying to keep the Philippines from falling into enemy hands. General Douglas MacArthur was forced to evacuate after the fall of the Philippines in 1942.
The long road back began in the Pacific with naval battles at Santa Cruz, Coral Sea and the tide-turning Battle of Midway. Eleven PT boats went up against the evacuation of Japanese from Guadalcanal. The Japanese had 16 or more destroyers and heavy cruisers in the slot. On the night of February 1, 1943, PT-123 and PT-124 closed on a target together.PT-123 was hit and put out of commission. PT-124 pressed on, launching a torpedo at 1,000 yards. The Japanese destroyer MAKIGUMO erupted.
She later sank after hitting a mine off the island of Savo the following night. All Limited Edition prints are numbered (S/N) by the artist and include a Certificate of Authenticity.
Limited Edition prints are restricted to a certain number. For example, if 400 prints are made from an original painting, once theyre gone, thats it. There is no limit to the number of open edition prints of a particular painting.Thats why Limited Edition prints are more expensive and more valuable to collectors than "open" edition. Rare objects are more valuable.
An Artists Proof (AP), generally, is the first 10% of the Limited Edition prints that come off the press. If the Limited Edition is 400 s/n, there would be 40 APs. This status is noted on the print. Collectors prefer APs because their value increases even more than a Limited Edition as time goes by.
All Limited Edition artwork is subject to availability at time of order. The item "Action in the Slot Tom Freeman WW II PT Boat Print PT-124 Pacific 1943" is in sale since Saturday, January 7, 2012. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "airplanesandmore" and is located in Flower Mound, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.