Tom Lioy is a Rochester, NY-based illustrator and graphic designer. His love of art began when he was young and used to doodle in his sketchbook. He took as many art classes in high school as he could, but after graduating high school, he decided to take some time to experience the world outside of art. After a few years of hard work in a factory, he decided to go to Monroe Community College, where he rediscovered his passion for art and earned an Associate Degree in both Graphic Design and Fine Art. Tom's work has been exhibited at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Monroe Community College, SUNY Oswego, and Albany's SUNY Best in Show juried exhibition. He draws inspiration from real-life scenarios as well as his love for science fiction and fantasy. After graduation, he hopes to begin his career as a freelance illustrator.
Every environment tells a story. Look around you and take in all the little details as they are presented. Ask yourself, how did that get there, and where did it come from. Every object has its own story and helps add to the story of everything around it. I am fascinated by the how, how did that object end up there and who or what put it there. Was it an accident or intentional? Environments can tell all sorts of stories, whether they be happy, sad, or horrifying; each environmental story is unique.