Artist: Tom Hammill
Tom Hammill's academic experiences are as varied as those in his subsequent career. A dual major in economics and comparative literature earned him a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin. Tom received his Masters degree in fine arts, focusing in steel sculpture, from that same institution. |
For the next seventeen years, Tom was an executive in the cable television industry. While serving as a Regional V.P. for Group W Cable, then the nations largest cable company, he had an opportunity to meet with the developer of one of the world's first computers that could create pictures and animate them. Following that experience, Hammill return home and announced to his wife his desire to go over $500,000 in debt, purchase an animation computer and enter business providing 3-d animations to the large film and video market in Detroit. During the next fifteen years, his firm, Digital Animation Corporation, became the largest animation company in the Midwest, serving film and video producers in twenty-six foreign companies and domestic producers, including all three networks, Warner Brothers and Disney Studios.
After his sale of DAC and retirement, Hammill returned to fine art by resuming the etching and carving of architectural glass and objects d'art that he could only do part-time during his career. This part-time activity quickly grew into full- time. When not executing private commissions of architectural glass and etched panel pictures, he creates imagery for a select number of galleries. His love of northwestern Michigan is reflected in all of his work.
Hammill and Irene, his wife of thirty-eight years, live in Cross Village, Michigan and have two adult sons.
|Media: Glass:Etched or Carved Glass|