Tom Bjarnson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was born in 1925, seemingly with an inherent love of airplanes. Bjarnson dreamed of becoming a pilot, but his dream wasn't realized because of visual problems. His mother, who as an artist excouraged him to take a correspondence course in drawing and that marked the beginning of his future as an artist.
In a Legion Magazine' article about Tom, Jennifer Morse wrote:
"Bjarnason’s paintings are unusual in both style and composition. He layers on transparent ink and acrylic (often white) and renders outlines as part of the work. Although he has created lovely oil pastels, he avoided oil paints because of the drying time required to finish a canvas."
Tom illustrated for Readers Digest, Star Weekly and Air Transport in Canada.
He died on Augut 26, 2009 of pneumonia at the age of 84.
Sources: Legion Magazine (online)
Windsor Star (online)
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