Thomas Bell was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He became interested in art at the age of 14 when he had an assignment in art class to create a piece influenced by a famous artist. He chose Piet Mondrian and painted a surpassing canvas with various shapes and colors. From then on, he spent nearly every moment of his free time creating abstract art. His appetite was voracious. Nothing deterred him. When Thomas was not able to afford canvas, he would go to job sites and even dumpsters to find things to paint on.
When Thomas Bell paints, he does not have a clear plan or idea of what the finished product will look and feel. Thomas uses painting as a form of meditation and goes with the flow until he feels the piece is substantially complete. He uses the top and sides of his paintbrushes more than the actual brushes themselves. In many cases, Thomas prefers to put the paint on in advance and then move and scrape the paint instead of applying linearly. Over the years, he has developed his craft and honed his skills to achieve an elite level of both creativity and earned talent. Creating dream-like images through painting is a form of release and a labor of love that Thomas plans to continue doing for the rest of his life.