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Tom Herrin has always been interested in art. He began painting over 30 years ago in Corpus Christi, Texas, influenced by the Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Planners and Artists he worked with in his chosen profession of urban planning. He has studied painting with fine art painters from all over the United States and in Italy at The La Romita School of Art. His paintings have been selected for shows and exhibitions in the Midwest and South including several shows held annualy in Arkansas. In 2000, he had two paintings selected for exhibition at The Art Center of the Ozarks. His paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Little Rock, Northwest Arkansas, Fairfield Bay, Hot Springs, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His paintings are in collections in Little Rock, Memphis, Other Arkansas locations, and in Terni, Italy. His painting shown at Artist in the Forest were selected as Best of Show in 2003 and 2004. In 2008 his painting titled War Eagle Ladies received a juror's Award of Merit at Artist in the Air, a show sponsored by The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. As is the case with almost all artists, he has developed a style all his own. He began painting in watercolors and now paints in acrylics. He received an award at The Pastel Society of Arkansas's National Exhibition from Juror Albert Handell. He teaches abstract painting design using a painting approach he developed titled 12 Steps to Abstraction. His abstract painting titled Off Key received The Henry Clifton/Austin Wiggins Award at the Mid-Southern Watercolorist 3tth Annual Exhibition. His painting of three ladies at the War Eagle Crafts Fair was selected to be included in Arkansas First Lady Ginger Bebee's 2008 Arts Calendar. His work has been shown in Senator Blanch Lincoln's Office in Washington, D.C.and at Senator Mary Pryor's Office in Little Rock. One of his small painting was selected for Small Works on Paper, a show sponsored by The Arkansas Department of Heritage. He received a First Place Award at The Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico for one of his acrylic paintings. His paintings are included in several private collections in Arkansas and Tennessee and at The La Romita School of Art in Terni, Italy where he studied in 2001 and again in 2007