I started painting the 2nd time I quit drinking in 1997..I’ve been clean and sober 17 years…

The painting started because I believed it was important to be productive instead of destructive… It’s become my meditation.. My quiet prayer… I paint for myself and I am fortunate to have people discovering my work.

“There’s days when I love it and there’s days when I don’t love it and most days I don’t even think about it,” Wilson said. “It really defines how I survive and how I choose to survive this time on this planet.”


“We were stoned and staring down a 13-hour drive on the flattest road that runs through the longest fields. The West Coast would belong to us, if we could get there. We were foolish and fearless and we challenged the darkness that hung like the ghosts of horse thieves all around us. It was too late to stop now, and we could smell the salt in the air though our open windows. We were fearless , gold, tattered, and wind-battered … The soul of the country was right there in our headlights and all 3.8 million square miles of it belonged to us … We were feeling alive, roaming with the buffalo, and running with the wildest beasts … We would never go home again” … 


The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art and especially his painting. The show at AGB will feature his most heartfelt exploration of imagery that tells the story that he has only begun to uncover. “My art is a continuation of my long way home,” Tom says. “It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that I’m just shaking hands with.” Since authenticity is Tom’s calling card in all things, his paintings are in the same vein of truth-telling, story-sharing and heart-stirring as his other art. As Tom states, “My truth was hidden from me – I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally I’m becoming a Mohawk man.”