Thomas (Tom) Akers is an award winning Virginia artist from a family with long standing roots in that state that has included some notable painters. He studied art and painting at American University in Washington, DC and has a background as an illustrator and a forensic artist. He is an artist member of The Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg, Virginia and has paintings in corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.
The artist resides with his wife, Jo-Anne in Virginia’s Appalachian range and many of his paintings are of the life, people and places of that region. His style is realistic and demonstrates an influence of the artist’s fondness for the Impressionist and the American Ashcan Schools. His works are usually in acrylics or watercolors.
Tim Russert died today. It was, I suppose as a thunderclap. A familiar man. While never noting an attachment, I find it existed. Strange. Younger than me, comes to mind uncalled. How personal we make everything and cheap. Pause a moment and think about what remains in our cups.
Time’s half-glimpsed Child, / Old man’s fun; / Whose changeling are you? / There must be someone. / What voice, now indistinct / Fell on your ear? / What was its cruel message? / I hark-en to hear. / What hopes do you harbour? / What do you know? / From where do you come, and / Where could you go? / Could this be brittle hard pride / I seem to discern, / In the rooms of your stare? / …