The art work and shared thoughts of Thomas Savage.
Q: What first compelled you to become an artist? Who/what were your influences?
A: As long as I can remember, there was always this unfulfilled “creative need” within me. While I have many creative interests, my technical abilities as a painter or musician were never satisfactory enough to fill the creative void. I had always enjoyed photography, and over the years had received favorable comments from friends and family about my photos. After much gentle prodding and encouragement from close friends, and from local artist/teacher Christine Riccardi, I began to look at photography in a more serious manner. It has filled the creative void beyond my expectations.
Q: What advice do you have for younger artists, particularly local ones?
A: If you have a passion for art, you owe it to yourself to indulge that passion. Take chances. Don’t be afraid to be different; there is nothing that anyone can say about your art that’s life threatening, and caving in to discouragement only stifles the development of your creativity. We live in an area that is so supportive of the arts, and that has so many resources available. Reach out. You’ll be rewarded if you do.
Q: Do you have any formal training?
A: I am a 2007 graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, and I continue to add to my training through a variety of on-line sources. There is a wealth of information available on the internet to enable anyone to keep current with technology, new techniques, etc.
Q: What do you do when you’re not working on art?
A: Regrettably, fine art photography doesn’t pay the bills…yet. I’ve worked as a commercial credit manager for a variety of corporations since the late ‘70’s. It may not be exciting, but there’s no heavy lifting : )
Q. What is your connection to Melrose? How has the area shaped your art?
A: Though I now reside in Lowell, I lived in Melrose for over 30 years, and much of my portfolio consists of photos taken in Boston and surrounding communities. Melrose’s proximity to Boston and the North Shore, along with its wealth of Victorian architecture and scenic green spaces has contributed greatly to the development of my art.
Q: What is your connection to the Melrose Arts community? Is it important to you to be part of a creative community?
A: I have been a member of Melrose Arts for seven years, and have participated in the annual Melrose Arts Festival for the past six. I am presently on the Steering Committee for the Festival. It is very important to me to be involved in a creative community, and the art community in Melrose is very supportive. Through Melrose Arts I have met many talented artists both locally and throughout New England.