Tomas Fernandez was born in Washington, D.C., in December of 1955. His home was an eclectic mixture of Spanish and Irish culture. As a young man, he traveled Europe and the America’s seeking and finding inspiration, mentorship, and education in the arts.
Fernandez’s ability to transcend his medium is profound as he sculpts each canvas with vibrant colors and textures. His works have traveled the globe, finding their way into a multitude of collections both public and private, including the Presidential Library, schools, churches, abbeys, retreat centers, and more. Throughout the years, Fernandez has been featured in television, radio, newspaper, and magazines for his community projects as well as his monumental sculptures and paintings.
Each painting is a dance of contemplative emotion. “Many times it is not until the final movements that I understand the many layers that have comprised the orchestration of the work.” Fernandez reaches with his paintings to touch the abstract nature of that deeply personal spiritual journey within each of us that is always searching. Within the many layers of light and color, there awaits a gem to be discovered.
About the Art
The word “sublime” is the root of these abstract expressions by Tomas J. Fernandez. A short story from his childhood illustrates the importance of sublimity.
“One day when I was a little guy we were having a very happy and energetic moment in our family living room: My sisters, Mom and several poodles where dancing to some very romantic classical music playing on the record player, but suddenly, and quite uncharacteristically, my Father came home early from work and entered the scene. He never missed a beat, he set his briefcase down and stepped into the dance swooping my mother into an embrace as he spun her in perfect time to the music. I had never seen my parents dance, and knew little beyond just jumping up and down with dogs and siblings. This, as far as I can remember, is my first sublime artistic moment. So unexpected was this apparition of love, I was overwhelmed, and was unable to contain the catalytic moment that no one planned. I ran to my room crying, gulping for air, between soft sobs.”
This is my definition of sublime and an example of the trans-formative power of Love and Art. This is why these two forces when combined lead even the desperate to Hope.
“My art hopes to be a catalyst to form a kind of alchemy where Love and Art lift the viewer to a higher level than where they first approached the vision. These visions are abstract and expressive. I believe the paintings and poetry, in this form, allow for more possibilities of an ignition for the sublime moment. I hope your breath is taken away and you are touched and the gift of Hope is stirred within you” – believe Hope… sincerely, Tomas