Tom Kretsch

After spending some thirty-seven years teaching Physical Education to young children in Norwalk ,Conncecticut , Tom had a chance to pursue his other passion in life, that of being a photographer. As a young boy he had a camera in his hand at an early age and had a fine role model in his mom who was an avid photographer.
“Perhaps it is the teacher within my soul that guides me on my journey of discovery with my camera. Being observant, reflective, creative, passionate, and joyful and always striving to reach new boundaries of vision are skills that guided my career as a teacher and now do so for me in this Renaissance of my life; this glorious time where I have been free to create meaningful moments in so many themes that keep evolving and growing. The magic of light, color, shape and place has no boundaries and when, like a child, we let ourselves go, there are infinite possibilities of expression.”
And so these have been some of the guiding principles that have led Tom on his journey of creating fine art photography. His journey as an artist has taken him on sojourns to beautiful places in the world including, New Zealand , Portugal, Spain, Italy and the United States.
Tom’s affinity for Maine grew out of early family vacations to Acadia National Park. In later years he brought his children to explore the wondrous coastline and has come to Maine ever year to participate in art festivals and photograph. The idea for this book grew out of these journeys and a desire to gather these images together to create a tapestry of Maine.
Tom most recently published his first book, “On The Road, Five Visions” in which he highlighted five themes of work that had been his focus for a number of years. He has had several one man shows in galleries and public places including a most recent one called “Touching Maine” featuring some of the work in this book.
During the spring, summer and fall, Tom shows his work at art festivals around New England under his business name Peaceful Places. He has worked with a number of interior designers who have placed his work in offices and private homes.
Tom lives in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Sandi and has two grown daughters and three fine grandchildren.