Although his early still-life and landscape oil paintings were quite realistic, Tom Cardarella began to develop a more abstract style while studying figure drawing. His painting techniques and the tendency toward abstraction came together in his distinctive style of oil and acrylic figure paintings. Done in group sessions with live models, these figurative works have elements of the human form but also contain the playful experiments in shapes and colors that distinguish his work of that period.
More recently he has been working on much larger works, including an 8′ x 12′ foot installation at Artomatic and four large panels that covered an unused storefront space during the Better Block Day in Mount Rainier, Maryland. He has also designed websites, worked with computer graphics, and volunteered his time with a number of arts-related organizations.
Tom was born in Washington, D.C., lived in Arlington, Virginia, for many years, and currently lives in Mount Rainier, Maryland.