Tom Hughes was born in Massachusetts in 1965. He was a staff artist at the Christian Science Monitor newspaper in Boston in the 1980’s, finally leaving to practice fine art, at which he’s been occupied for more than 30 years.
Once referred to as “a genius” by late, renowned artist and author Charles Movalli, Hughes has had solo exhibitions in galleries in the New England States, North Carolina, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, and France. He is proficient in several painting media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor, with subject matter comprised of figure painting, portrait, landscape and the odd still life or genre picture. Hughes’s work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, for which he painted the the magazine’s publisher B. Eric Rhoads’s portrait, and Southwest Art magazine. An example of Hughes's watercolor painting is featured in Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffmann (Watson Guptill, 2012). In 2019, Tom Hughes won the $15,000 Grand Prize for painting at the Plein Air Convention and Expo, held in San Francisco.
In 2018, Tom Hughes was made a signature
member of the Plein Air Painters of America.
After 21 years in California, Hughes has moved back to his native New England.