Described by the late Edmonton reviewer/critic Gilbert Bouchard as ‘probably Alberta’s finest landscape painter’, Tom Gale has been painting for 40 years, the last 25 in Edmonton. His work is in the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, in corporate collections such as Canadian Utilities Ltd, Toronto Dominion Art Collection, and ATCO Electric, as well as many private collections. Tom’s paintings are representational and their most common subject is landscape. They are not, however, in the tradition of lyrical landscape painting, which saw its culmination in the works of the impressionists. Rather, they are expressionist. The landscape is used after the matter in which Rouault or Nolde used the human figure. He has always maintained that while landscape painting may have as its objective the representation of the beauty of nature – i.e. be romantic – it may also be used to convey message and mood. It is with the latter in view that he paints. Tom’s response to his subject matter is, in large part, emotional and intuitive.