I love the neighborhood environs in West Seattle, and value the relationships I’ve built with neighbors, merchants and other local artists.
I’ve always been fascinated by cars and buildings, both as objects of design and as vessels for our collective history and memories. My paintings attempt to capture their souls and tell stories of the places they’ve held in our lives.
I approach them with a playful sense of humor, and always strive to offset the subjects with compelling patterns and backgrounds. I think my years of architectural drafting find an echo in the detailed linework and graphic lettering in the paintings.
Recently I’ve been experimenting in a more three-dimensional direction by doing shadowboxes combining paintings with vintage toys and other recycled objects.
I grew up on the east coast
And I was around art from an early age, with a mom who did painting, printmaking, sculpture and fabric arts. I moved to Washington for college and have been in Seattle for over 30 years, and a West Seattle resident for twelve years.
I did visual arts in high school and college, but my career has been in architecture and interior design. In my fifties I decided to devote more time to artmaking, and when my mom passed away in 2017, I vowed to honor her memory by taking the drawing and painting abilities she sowed in me and developing them as far as I can. Follow Tom Costantini Art (@tomcostantiniart) • Instagram photos and videos