Come enjoy the Ministry of Art from Tomas Fernandez and Suzanne Ouimet at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlottesville.
Born in Washington, DC, Tomas was raised in a home that was an eclectic mixture of Spanish and Irish culture. As a young man, he traveled Europe and the Americas seeking and finding inspiration, mentorship, and education in the arts, studying with legendary artists Reginald Pollack and Jacob Kainen.
His ability to transcend his medium is profound as he sculpts each canvas with vibrant colors and textures. His works have traveled the globe, finding their way into a multitude of collections both public and private, including the Presidential Library, schools, churches, abbeys, retreat centers, and more.
Throughout the years, Tomas has been featured in television, radio, newspaper, and magazines for his community projects as well as his monumental sculptures and paintings.
Each painting is a dance of contemplative emotion. “Many times it is not until the final movements that I understand the many layers that have comprised the orchestration of the work.” Tomas reaches with his paintings to touch the abstract nature of that deeply personal spiritual journey within each of us that is always searching. Within the many layers of light and color, there awaits a gem to be discovered.
His work can be found in the Presidential Library of Ronald Reagan, the private collection of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and esteemed laser inventor Gordon Gould: as well as many other private collections around the world.
Suzanne, who is engaged to Tomas, is sharing two mixed media works in their first collaboration. She currently lives in Ontario and will soon be moving her home and studio to Madison, VA.