Thomas Anderson studied Asian art and philosophy as well as graphic design at The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After graduation Tom developed an interest in glasswork and co-founded Mansion Glass Studios in Olympia, WA. In 1986 he worked at Pilchuck Glass School as a teaching assistant. In 1988 & 1989, he specialized in glass casting and enamel kiln firing in the advanced graduate program.
In 1990 Tom established his own studio in Olympia. Since then he has continued to work with mixed media that consists of paint, metal fabrication, and glass in both two and three-dimensional forms. His limited edition giclées on paper, the Hydroblue Series, express his continuing interest in mixed media combining paper, foil and varnish. The artist's interest in Asian art and design is reflected in his use of spare compositions, calligraphic line and subtle palette.
Tomís work is shown in galleries in Oregon, Washington, Florida and California. His artwork is in public and private collections including the Oregon Arts Commission, the Washington Arts Commission, Delta Airlines, the City of Olympia, Hewlett Packard and US Bank.