The name of the town where artist Tom Potocki lives, “Hollywood,” isn’t indicative of his life or style. Tom is someone who has lived a successful, stimulating life as an artist and has traveled extensively- although you wouldn’t know any of this unless you asked him. Quiet, grounded and contemplative, Tom has found tranquility and comfort in a woodsy, serene neighborhood with a misleading name. Tom and his Golden Retriever, Blue, led us down a leafy path behind his house to the place where the magic happens- his studio. The converted garage is naturally lit, spacious and filled with works-in-progress and sources of inspiration of past and future ideas. Among them are found object “shrines” and a large pixelated self-portrait. A true Renaissance man, Tom’s artistic talent is not limited to painting, but he excels in photography, classic figure and stencil drawing as well. These mediums overlap in his work- as components of photography are often used in his paintings and visa-versa. The result? Dynamic art that demands more from the eye than just one glance. His art might be abstract, energizing and seemingly spontaneous, but with Buddhist motifs decorating his home and natural peace at the core of his being, Tom’s personality is very different. As he said himself, “I’m a hippie!”
A: When not painting in the studio, I’m usually still thinking about art projects. Can’t really escape it, once you take the idea of making art seriously, it becomes how you relate to the world around you – everything become art – or has the possibility to become art. Of course, when my dog lets me know he needs a walk, he pulls me into his world for a while.