My name is Tom Repasky. I recently moved back to Portland after spending five years in the San Francisco Bay Area. During my previous thirty years in Portland, I painted for twenty years and created art using a computer in the 90s. In the mid 90's I sought a venue for my Digital Art. Portland galleries were reluctant to show any Digital Art back then, citing the lack of an archival original as the main reason.
My job as a computer engineer provided me the skills and exposure to the tools to create Digital Art. I published my first website in 1995 with a focus on Digital Fine Art. Since then my art has been viewed by millions of people around the world. I participated in two competitions during the 90s. I received international recognition as one of two American finalists in a Japanese art website competition and was one of ten finalists in a Macromedia international computer art competition.
My art is unique, original, striking in color and often surreal in its depiction of human perceptions of space and time.
I began playing and composing music on his parents piano at age 14, and began writing stories and poetry in the 60's. I discovered painting in the 70s with acrylics and oils. During the 80's my job as an engineer in the computer industry provided access to computers and 3d visualization of scientific data. By 1994 personal computers were beginning to capably support the mathematics necessary for 3d design and visualization (rendering). Because of my injuries from a childhood accident, using a paint brush became increasingly painful and so the computer became the brush, the media, and the medium. I called it Digital Art to begin with and then Digital Fine Art. My first Digital Fine Art website was published in 1995. Since then it has continued to grow and expand. During the 90's Repasky.com and FlickerLight.org received many awards for art, design, presentation and navigation.
I am self trained and developed my style and techniques through years of experimentation and exploration of the tools and programs available on computers. During the past 14 years I have created and produced a body of work that is surreal and abstract consisting of more than 3,000 images. My websites and a variety of artist websites that host some of my art receive thousands of visitors each day. More than a million visitors have seen my art on line during the past 14 years. My art is often compared to Salvador Dali. I have shown and sold art in two Portland Galleries in the past 10 years however most of my art is only available on the Internet. I am also a musician and writer. I created and produced several 3d computer animations during the past 3 years, which have been viewed by more than 10,000 people using only 'word of mouth' advertising and promoting.
Most of my art is created using 3D programs such as Vue, Bryce, Poser, TrueSpace and others I also use numerous 2D programs like Photoshop and PhotoImpact. Working in hi-tech gave me the background and skills few other artists have in using computers.
Art, to me, is anything that moves the observer in some tangible way.