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R. Tom Gilleon

R. Tom GilleonGilleon is best known for his paintings of tipis illuminated from within by an evening fire, or from without by the haunting gleam of the setting sun. He traces his talent for creating these arresting light displays to his grandparent’s home: “My memory of the important events in my early life are set somehow in dramatic theater lighting,” he recalls. “We lived in a little place where there was no electricity and the inside of our wooden home was lit by kerosene lanterns. I always felt drawn into the light and everything around the glow disappeared into a blur.”