Tom Christopher


Mastrius Artist Mentor

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SPECIALTY: ✔ Technique Demos ✔ Composition ✔ Finding Your Artistic Style

Living in the Midwest has influenced my style of painting and choice of subject matter significantly. Many of my pieces depict very common scenes I have experienced. As a child, I spent countless hours playing on the riverbanks and wooded areas in Central Iowa. Even today, I continue to be intrigued with nature and the way sunlight and shadows help define the landscape. I continue to spend my mornings hiking and sketching the rugged landscape along the Iowa River near my home. My goal is to paint relatively common scenes in a more dramatic and interesting way. Most of my finished works are the result of reference photographs and on-location (plein-air) studies.

I have worked primarily in pastels and oil paints. I plan to continue to explore these two mediums and look forward to many more years of painting and conducting workshops.

Tom Christopher is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Master Circle, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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Specialty: ✔ Technique Demos ✔ Composition ✔ Finding Your Artistic Style



Technique Demos


Supplies and tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique



Social Media



Approaching Galleries


Studio Time Management

“Mastrius has done wonders for my confidence. I have managed to step way outside of my comfort zone which has in turn given rise to so many more opportunities to further my art career.”
~ Deb, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


  • 2008 4th Place – The Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings
  • 2010 First Place – Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition
  • 2011 Feature article in the Pastel Journal – “Rural Values”
  • 2012 Honorable Mention – Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings
  • 2013 Purchase Award – Pastel Society Society of New Mexico National Exhibition
  • 2013 Honorable Mention – Pastel JournaL Top 100 Paintings
  • 2014 Honorable Mention – Pastel Journal Top 100 Paintings
  • 2014 Merit Award – Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibition
  • 2014 Feature Article – Plein Air Magazine
  • 2014 Terry Ludwig Award – Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Exhibition
  • 2015 Best of Show – IAPS “International Association of Pastel Societies”
    exhibition Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015; Workshop/ Demo artist for IAPS Convention Albuquerque NM
  • 2015 Pastelist Award – Pastel Society of America
  • 2017 Demo Artist PLein Air Convention Tucson Az
  • 2017 Awarded Master Circle medal IAPS convention .. Demo Artist
  • 2017 Albert Handell Award – International Association Of Pastel Societies IAPS International exhibition
  • 2022 Demo Artist for Pastel Live Eric Rhoads Streamline Productions
  • 2022 Demo Artist for Plein Air Convention Santa Fe, New Mexico

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