Tom Debruin, Large Scale Maine Artist
Fine Art Paintings by Tom Debruin
When we first met Tom, we found him in his studio full of massive canvases, art, printing machines and a man painting. Since then he has grown to be a great neighbor in our ever growing mill community. While his door sign says ScreenTech, referencing his screen printing company, his love is for painting.
Tom Debruin, Artist
Building 15 Suite 230
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Tom DeBruin, originally from St. Paul Minnesota.
Tell me a little about your business?
I am semi-retired from my screen printing business (Screentech) where I still make large format printing and graphics. Every spare moment I have though, I spend making art.
What made you choose the mill for your business?
I knew Doug Sanford, and the space was exactly what I needed. I love that in my studio I can feel the inspiration of the women and men who made textiles here for years.
How long have you been doing this?
I grew up in St Paul Minnesota in the 50s and 60s near the Mississippi River, then attended Minneapolis College of Art & Design, the Kansas City Art Institute, and eventually took a Greyhound bus from Minnesota to Maine one summer to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Some time after that, around 1987, I took to this style of canvas painting.
What makes your business interesting to you?
It is always something different every day.
What makes you stand out from others in the same industry?
I always saw my paintings as a way to make the mysterious less frightening to me. I am fascinated by different similarities and similar differences. I am always looking at where the edges meet, patterns overlap and spaces collide.
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