I’m our thomas — an Exeter, NH-based haiku poet and artist working primarily in mixed-media collage (with occasional forays into drawing, iPhonography and other media).

As a collage artist, I’m particularly intrigued by the possibility inherent in our human detritus — trash, found objects, discards, flotsam, ephemera. Questions around what has value and who or what bestows value abound in my process and work. I enjoy re-imagining the place of disparate elements into works that invite introspection and a reassessment of the viewer’s expectations or that spark flights of fancy, imagination, and curiosity about the potential of our inner lives and hearts.

As a haiku poet, I tend to author poems about human loneliness, displacement, and alienation and the way nature serves to highlight, console, or counter those feelings. Haiku of mine have appeared in the journals Modern Haiku, is/let, Seashores, Acorn, and Failed Haiku, among others. My poems have been selected as a finalist in the Trailblazer Competition (2021), a semifinalist for a Touchstone Award from The Haiku Foundation, and for inclusion in the Red Moon Anthology (2021) of English-Language Haiku.

As a photographer, I use only a phone’s camera, in keeping with an aesthetic of simplicity and in-the-moment responsiveness. I predominantly rely on the Hipstamatic app and square formatting. In many ways, my photographs bridge my collage work with my haiku sensibilities: an emphasis on the small or insignificant or out-of-the-way made central and of interest.

If you’d like to, feel free to email me.

Select Exhibitions/Publications

2023
All Together Now, See Saw Art, Manchester, NH
Figures in the Landscape, Aplomb Contemporary, Dover, NH
New Resonance Poets, Volume 13, Red Moon Press (forthcoming)

2022
Annual Juried Exhibit, National Collage Society, Ashland, OH
The Big Small Art Show, Alchemy + Art, Amesbury, MA
Salon 2022, Kimball Jenkins School of Art, Concord, NH
Guest Speaker, Kolaj Institute PoetryXCollage Artist Residency

2021
Cover Artist, Whiptail: Journal of the Single-line Poem
Author, Mind the Gap: Collision & Context in Haiku & Collage, Kolaj Mag. #32

2020
Juried Regional Exhibit 2020⁠, Library Arts Center, Newport, NH

2019
Abstract and Contemporary, The Art Center, Dover, NH

2018
Remix: Appropriations in Art, The Wave Gallery, Watertown, MA
New Beginnings, The Art Center, Dover, NH
Bare: The Nude Now, FOUNDATION Art Space, Exeter, NH
Art Among Us, Main Street Art Gallery, Newfields, NH

2017
Small Works Show, Main Street Art Gallery, Newfields, NH

2016
April Fools,  Main Street Art Gallery, Newfields, NH
Small Works Show, Main Street Art Gallery, Newfields, NH
Eight Cubed,  Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA
Masks, Main Street Art Gallery, Newfields, NH


Purchasing collage work
Many of my collage pieces are for sale. Contact me to inquire.