Thomas Bell was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He became interested in abstract art in 2004 when he had an assignment in art class to create a piece influenced by a famous artist. He chose Piet Mondrian and painted a canvas with various shapes and colors. That painting sparked a sense of freedom in Thomas which led him to see a future of unlimited creative potential where he could have his own world without any rules, laws or authority dictating his decisions. Within this newfound freedom his early work consisted of elementary like faces and fluid swirl creations where he allowed the paint to travel slowly until it filled the canvas to his liking. Fluid art is popular now but at that time Thomas had not seen it anywhere else before and it took 15 years until he started to see other works that looked similar. His faces usually expressed the tension and terror that Thomas felt from not being accepted by others around him because of his abstract nature and refusal to mold himself to the norms of society. One day Thomas came home from school to find his paintings in the trash can. There was not many who he could escape to for a feeling of acceptance. That led Thomas to paint even more and find a home in his paintings. The lack of approval from others around him and forces pushing Thomas to change his path in life to conform to a more conventional path led to some mental breaks but the drive to create always came back even stronger. Constantly innovating and pushing the limits of abstract art Thomas continues to have an intense drive with a seemingly endless amount of creativity. Through the ups and downs Thomas has grown more strength and courage to go further into the depths of the unknown with his painting. Art is in his heart and soul. It is a part of him just as his organs are a part of him. His work is an extension of his mind, body and soul in the truest form.