In his book "Outliers", Malcolm Gladwell said that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. Tom Secrest has been practicing his craft for over one hundred thousand hours, and it might be said that he is a modern "old master".
The inspiration for Tom's drawings do not come from observations in this world, but rather they emanate from visions in his "mind's eye". Their appeal is both visceral and intellectual.
Tom's drawings focus on recurring themes that are both fantastical and surreal ... observed even in his self portraits. Some demonstrate his mastery of detail, while others make you wonder how an image can emerge from a few rapid brush strokes of ink wash.
Look closely at the interesting background elements in some of Tom's works. There's always more going on than what initially meets the eye. Even the splashes of ink wash often evoke mysterious human figures.