The Work of Tom Seigenthaler

  • Nashville businessman and civic leader Tom Seigenthaler created art in multiple media throughout his life. When he died in 2004, he left behind a remarkable body of work.

    His favorite subjects were his fellow travelers. He was fascinated with their character, and could capture humanity with a few simple pen strokes. Or in clay, woodblock print, oil, watercolor, wire.

  • During his lifetime, Tom neither sold nor exhibited his work. Today, a limited selection of his pieces is being made available for purchase for the first time.*

The Character of the Artist

  • Thomas Patrick Seigenthaler lived the entirety of his 65 years in Nashville. He was effusive in his love for family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. In fact, if one trait defined him, it was the delight he took in people. All people. Such was his character.

    Tom was a business executive, the founder of a public relations firm, and well-known for uncommon perspective. He was a civic leader, deeply involved and invested in the life of his community. He was a family man, husband to his beloved Veronica Strobel-Seigenthaler and proud father to four daughters.

    And he was an artist.

    Those who knew Tom best knew that making art fed his soul, and infused everything he touched. His hands were always moving, as if tracking his incessant imagination. His output was prodigious. At work, he drew elaborate doodles in the margins of document drafts. At home, he was, most nights, in his studio.

    Frequent visitors would wander back to the garage he had converted into an artistic laboratory, and invariably find him molding bits of nothing into something resonant with life. He welcomed them, not only into the space but into the work.

  • Surrounded by people – whether those right in front of him or those whose stories he stored in his consciousness – he most often chose to bring forth the truth or pain or wisdom that lived in their eyes and had worn its way into their bones. He could capture humanity with a few simple pen strokes. Or in clay, woodblock print, oil, watercolor, wire.

    While Tom created and developed the art program at Nashville’s Room In The Inn, he never exhibited. He never sold a piece of work. Since his death in 2004, his studio has been a treasure chest filled with his diverse studies in character, unseen by all but a few. Until now.

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