EVANSTON ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Sundell




My preference is to draw portraits, ideally from models but more often from portraits.

While I am still a novice, my work is improving.

Though I have idly sketched since childhood, and painted in oils in my early twenties, I

let my art lapse after deciding to concentrate on writing, as well as earning a living and

raising a family. On retiring in 2013, I have been able to devote much more time to both

drawing and fiction writing.


Prior to the pandemic, I joined the drawing sessions with live models at Tom Robinson’s

studio in the city on Sunday afternoons. I would also draw weekdays at Coffee Lab

while having a cappuccino. Other venues were a couple drawing courses with Tom

James in the Wilmette Park District and with Jim Hajicek at Palette & Chisel.


My preference is to draw portraits, ideally from models but more often from portraits.

While I am still a novice, my work is improving.

Though I have idly sketched since childhood, and painted in oils in my early twenties, I

let my art lapse after deciding to concentrate on writing, as well as earning a living and

raising a family. On retiring in 2013, I have been able to devote much more time to both

drawing and fiction writing.


Prior to the pandemic, I joined the drawing sessions with live models at Tom Robinson’s

studio in the city on Sunday afternoons. I would also draw weekdays at Coffee Lab

while having a cappuccino. Other venues were a couple drawing courses with Tom

James in the Wilmette Park District and with Jim Hajicek at Palette & Chisel.

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