Tommy Durham was born July 29, 1969, in Tampa, Florida.
When Tommy was a young boy, he contracted spinal meningitis. During his seven month recovery, he began to fill his time by drawing. Today, his love of art and his deep religious faith sustains him. In the beginning, he painted flowers exclusively, but he expanded his range after his mother signed him up for classes at Project Return, an organization dedicated to helping the mentally disabled in Tampa. An art instructor there encouraged Tommy to use other materials and to explore other subjects. Tommy began to paint biblical scenes to which he then added his flowers. His paintings start with pencil drawings. He then uses acrylic and ink, sometimes adding text at the end. Tommy says he “is just doing what God told me to do. When I am doing artwork, I am happy and God is pleased.”
Tommy is an emerging artist whose artwork has been said to be reminiscent of Chagall’s compositions and Picasso’s figures.