The Everyday Artist – Tom Wolff

By Birralee Hassen | Featuring Tom Wolff
Tasmania, Australia
23/02/2017

The Everyday Artist is an idea that seeks to highlight that anyone, and everyone, is good at art. So often people say; “Oh I couldn’t do art - I’m no good at it”. Everybody is good at art. They just have to do it. The Everyday Artist brings together a community that simply enjoys doing art for the sake of being creative and expressing themselves. 

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Tom Wolff is an outdoorsman. Currently working as a tour guide in Tasmania, he is saving up for a bicycle trip that will see him cover land from Alaska to Patagonia. Surfing, photography, words, birds and black coffee are just a few that spring to mind when describing the 25 year olds interests. Check out his website at www.tomwolff.com.au

What is your earliest art memory?

The things I remember the best are CD album covers. I can remember the art on the cover of a Crowded House album perfectly. For some reason that’s what comes to mind.

What sparked your interest in art?

My Mum is very interested in art, our house is covered in it. I’ve been exposed to it from a very young age. Nature is art. Art is everywhere. Most of us humans have a narrow view of what art is. I think most people have art in their lives. You just have to look for it.

What influences/inspires you to art?

Definitely nature. But the problem with that is that you can never truly catch a natural setting on film. There are too many subtleties to it. You always fall short.

Tell me a Tom fun fact.

I’ve been on every continent except for Antarctica. Only to small parts, but still to every continent. That makes me pretty lucky I guess.

What was the last awesome thing that happened to you?

This morning. Going for a kayak, with the sea turtles and the whales and dolphins. The best thing I’ve done, today, obviously.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your art?

I’ve gotten really into bird watching, I guess that’s what has happened in the last year or so. It’s totally its own world. It’s funny when you realize that there are so many different worlds to exist in. Observing animals in their natural environment you learn so much so quickly. I think watching a wild animal is totally captivating.

Should more people/everyone do art? Why?

I think art comes down to creativity. We have a narrow view of what creativity is. Scientists who are trying to make leaps forward in science, that’s a form of art but it’s not recognized as that. Art is using creativity to better understand the world we live in. People already are making art, it’s just often not recognized as that. But yeah, sure, it’s not a bad thing. Say building a house. If you understand that as an art form, it can create enjoyment.

DOWN THE HUON This one was one of those days, where at the end of the day you’re like holy shit that was a good day. It definitely captures a Tasmanian Summer. That day we’d been to Cygnet Folk fest, then we went and bought a whole lot of apples and ate them, and then to a wood chopping competition on the other side of mount Wellington. We obviously also swum in the Huon, as you can probably tell by the photo. Photo by Tom Wolff - www.tomwolff.com.au

THE BEST WESTERN It’s a really ugly building in the middle of Hobart. It’s a hotel with a dodgy 80’s or 90’s design. I was trying to get an angle on it where it looked nice, in a way. I think it’s so much easier to take a photo of a building or something man made, than a natural environment. Not to say you can’t do it, but it’s just a lot harder to capture the essence of nature. Photo by Tom Wolff - www.tomwolff.com.au

BRUNY IN THE DISTANCE We had just gone surfing at South Arm. There’s something about the sky in Tassie, that I have not seen anywhere else. There’s a vastness. It’s hard to describe. It’s not captured in the photo but it makes me think of it. It was just one of those photos that turn out really well. And it was a fluke. Most of them are, because it’s from a point and shoot, which I got for four dollars from the tip shop. Photo by Tom Wolff - www.tomwolff.com.au

BARON PASS This was taken on the best walk I’ve done. The diversity of flora on the trip totally blew my mind out of the water. The tree that you can see there is a Pencil Pine Stag, or a King Billy Pine. They live for thousands of years, it’s crazy to see trees that are 2500 thousand years old. What they’ve seen in that time is amazing. Obviously that one is dead, but there are lots of live ones around. It’s so pristine. As pristine as I’ve ever seen. Photo by Tom Wolff - www.tomwolff.com.au

HOME This was two weeks after I moved back home. It was the first big swell of winter, the biggest swell I’ve had in a long time. There were just so many people up at Lennox point watching it. There were these massive bombies running through, with only two guys out. It actually ruined all the banks. It’s so cool to see those lines running in from sea. There are not many better sights to see from the ocean. And I love the dog in the corner too. Photo by Tom Wolff - www.tomwolff.com.au

Tom where Tom belongs.--

More THE EVERYDAY ARTIST interviews can be found at Solsoya

Author
Birralee Hassen

Birralee can be found making art, surfing, or yoga-ing. Failing that you can bet that she would be somewhere in nature, camping out in her van along the coastline. Residing in Byron Bay, Birralee is busy teaching yoga, interviewing artists for her "theevery day artist" segment and day dreaming for the next time she can pack up and see new things for the first time. She is also the founder of Solsoya, a lifestyle brand that encourages outdoor activities and creativity.

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