Born in Miami, Florida, Tom Weinkle came to art early in life, and it has been his passion ever since.

Tom graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. After working for an industrial automation company in Pittsburgh, he returned to Miami and started his graphic and web design firm, Vortex Communications in 1986.

Tom has been helping local, national, and international companies succeed through design communications. His work has won many regional and national awards for creativity.

Even as a designer, Tom regularly incorporated drawing and illustration into communications solutions whenever possible. For him, creating art represents the other end of the spectrum, a more personal form of expression. Currently, he is focused on regional landscapes created in pastel.

To share his passion for pastels with other artists, Tom has created a workshop program entitled the Poetry of Pastel and offers workshops to individuals and arts groups throughout the year.

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