Tom Gould

Artist Biography

After earning a BA in Fine Arts from San Diego State University and serving on active duty in the Air Force as an Information Officer, I made graphic design my career, briefly in a small commercial studio, then as a scientific illustrator at Navy Electronics Laboratory on Point Loma in San Diego. From there I went to Image Studios, associated with Frye & Smith Lithographers. In 1968 I moved to Suzuki & Wright design studio, soon to be merged with CRM, a multi-media production company where I became involved with development of the magazine Psychology Today, taking over art direction for the magazine with the September 1968 issue. The publication and its art received awards from professional organizations nationally and internationally. Its circulation grew tenfold by 1975, to one point one million.

When Psychology Today was relocated from Del Mar to NYC in 1975 I remained in San Diego to work for myself, primarily as a publication designer. The practice consisted of magazines, books, brochures, news-letters, and in the 80s with my wife Stephanie as partner we designed annual reports for San Diego corporations, transitioning into the digital process, which leveraged our small team?s ability to take on major projects.

On retiring to Cambria in 2003 I began to explore landscapes and seascapes, attempting to do justice to the Central Coast scene in acrylics. Drawing and painting has always occupied my free time, and illustration made up a portion of my design work.

On the Central Coast, nature presents an everchanging visual stimulation. The work of geology, water, air, light, plants, and animals creates dramatic vistas as well as subtle distinctions that almost elude the eye (and the mechanics of mixed pigments). A challenge as well as a pleasure.

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