Life, Art, and Creativity 

As children we often experienced a natural feeling of enjoyment and curiosity. Along the way to becoming adults, we learned to be more serious and value thinking about the past and future way more than is necessary. We may have adopted a belief that our ability to enjoy life comes primarlly from what is happening in the world--our life stories and circumstances as we see them. But the stories of our lives are less solid than they appear. The ability to live in a feeling of well-being most of the time is so much more available than you might think. Everyone has a creative spark inside them. It is amazing and wonderful. It inspires and guides us in all aspects of life. It can never be lost or damaged, though it can appear to be hidden behind ideas that you are not that creative. The only trick is to be more interested in seeing it come alive than any limiting thought that presents itself.  It's always available to discover. 

Tom Mattox

I am an visual artist and teacher based in Portland Oregon. My artwork is an expression of joy, aliveness, and trust. I love to share my work with others and I believe each painting has a home and someone who will appreciate its life-giving beauty and energy.  You see my virtual art gallery here. 

I am also a trained Three Principles practitioner. The Three Principles were first taught by Sydney Banks in the 1970s. The Prinicples point to the natural state of well-being and creativity that all humans possess. A great resource to learn more is the 3 Principles Global Community Website

My previous work has included journalism and community education. I have a Masters Degree with a focus in  adult learning from Portland State University.

I am currently based in Portland, Oregon. I enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the vibrant cityscape, and the endless inspiration of living here.

You can contact me here