om’s watercolors exhibit a bold contrast of lights and darks, realistic subjects on a loose background. Tom’s use of color is captivating and spices up his paintings. Not limiting himself to one subject area, Tom paints what interests him; from wildlife, landscapes, architectural renderings, to impressionistic florals and portraits.
From his early years growing up in Michigan City, Indiana, Tom loved drawing, nature and sports. He attended Purdue University, where he lettered in baseball and earned an Associates Degree in Industrial Illustration Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Design for Advertising. He later received a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Troy State University and Computer Information Systems from National University in San Diego. Tom retired from engineering at BAE Systems, an offshoot of General Dynamics Electronics Division.
Tom served in the Air Force for twenty-four years, five in Europe. He lived in a seventeenth century thatch-roofed cottage in Cambridgeshire, where he sketched the countryside and historical architecture in pen and ink. He later moved to Wiesbaden, Germany studying under Herr Herzfeld at the Herzfeld School of Art, learning the Old Master’s Technique of oil painting and other media. Tom wandered Europe, visiting galleries, museums and historical sites at every opportunity. Tom’s watercolors are heavily influenced by the powerful, dark colors and contrast reflective of the Old Master’s and his favorite, the Flemish 17th Century painters.
Tom’s wife, Marty is an Arts Advocate working on local art projects such as the Military Tribute, three sculptures, Past Present and Future, and a Wall of Courage in Grape Day Park, Escondido. She is founder and curator to “DreamAbility” Art Show, to showcase ability not disability.
Marty serves as a Public Arts Commissioner for the City of Escondido. Marty is an important part of Tiedeman Watercolors, who is the boss, marketer and sales representative. Tom is the artist and Mart is the martist. Tom is the featured artist at art organizations, where he demonstrates his techniques.
Tom currently teaches watercolor classes at the Rancho Bernardo Ed Brown Senior Center and hosts workshops at the Tiedeman Watercolors home studio.