Branch art is not unique. Many people use branches as rustic or natural touches in their environments. What is unique is Tom Chambers’ ability to join branches in a manner that looks completely natural. A combination of wood and acrylic, the pieces give the illusion of naturally flowing branches. First, the bark is stripped and the branches are sanded. Then Tom arranges the branches in an artistic pattern. The joints are created using a combination of glue, wood filler and epoxy. A base coat, acrylic paint and a sealer coat are then applied, all by brush. Each distinctive sculpture is one-of-a-kind.
Tom is a member and has served on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association, Blue Ridge, GA. In January 2012, he was one of five member artists to participate in the Regional Art Exhibition at The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC where his piece “Midnight Blooms” was sold. He is also a member of the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild, recently honored to receive Signature Member designation. In 2012, he became a member of High Country Artisans, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Blairsville, GA.
Tom has artwork in many public locations, including two commissioned pieces in the Union County Community Center, which also houses the Chamber of Commerce, located in his chosen home town of Blairsville, GA. There is one piece residing in the Citizen's Art Gallery at the Tifton City Hall and one piece in the capitol office of Georgia Speaker of the House, David Ralston. In February 2010, he was asked to create a centerpiece sculpture, with the theme of “Lady in Red”, for the Southeastern Horticulture Show in Atlanta, GA. The incredible result was a 5’ tall red ball gown made entirely of tree branches.