Thomas A. D. Watson Self Portrait

Self Portrait 1995, by Thomas A. D. Watson

Thomas A. D. Watson is an award-winning, third generation artist known for his representational landscape paintings of Cape Cod and New York’s Adirondack mountains. In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Chris Van Allsburg, David Macaulay, and Thomas Sgouros. Watson’s oils and watercolors are exhibited widely and are included in many corporate, museum, and private collections worldwide. His illustrations for the children’s picture book Tommy’s Mommy’s Fish were published by Viking Press in 1996. Tom Watson lives and works in Truro, Massachusetts, where he exhibits and sells his paintings directly to patrons from his studio gallery, Thomas A.D. Watson Artist’s Studio.

Studio visitors are welcome.

Thomas A.D. Watson Artist’s Studio is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 12 pm June – September.

To arrange an alternate time for a studio visit or to inquire about specific paintings, prints, or commissioning a favorite view please telephone or visit the contact page of,  the artist’s website.


Opening Reception: Thursday, August 13, 5- 8 p.m.

Exhibit runs through September 6

Thomas A.D. Watson Artist’s Studio, 45 Depot Road, Truro, MA  (508) 349-1631


“I am the youngest of eight siblings. I grew up in a rural environment on Cape Cod and in Southern Vermont.  During my life there have always been animals around – dogs, cats, hens, horses, sheep, and bees among many others.  I have always spent time in the outdoors gardening, fishing, and observing nature.  My strongest influences throughout my life and career have been my parents, my wife Francie Randolph, and my children. I live and work in an old farmhouse (actually I work in the barn) in Truro, Massachusetts, whose wild ocean beaches, pine barrens and upland oak forests I have explored for almost 45 years. I also spend time painting and fly-fishing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State with my wife and children.

My grandfather, Ernest W. Watson, founded Watson-Guptill Publications together with Ralph Reinhold and Arthur L. Guptill. As Editor of its magazine, American Artist through 1955, Ernest wrote of personal interviews with more than 200 artists – among them Andrew Wyeth at age 25. Ernest Watson’s pencil drawings and color linocuts were published widely and are represented in the National Picture Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, and in many private collections.

My grandfather also taught drawing and design at Pratt Institute for nineteen years and co-founded one of the first summer art schools: the Berkshire Summer School of Art (1915-1927) in Monterey, Massachusetts. My grandmother, Eva Watson, was also an artist well known for her color linocut prints, oil paintings, and decorative art.

Aldren A. Watson, my father, is an artist and author widely recognized for his exceptional and informative pencil illustrations in the books Country Furniture and Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings, as well as Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction, all of which he also authored. In addition to illustrating more than 175 books, including many children’s books written by my mother, Nancy Dingman Watson, Dad is the author of many books and co-author (along with Ernest, my grandfather) of The Watson Drawing Book, an instructive illustrated text first published in 1962 and still in print today. In addition, several of my sisters are children’s book authors and/or illustrators.

Nancy Dingman Watson, my mother, was a celebrated children’s book author and writer of fiction and poetry for both children and adults. For most of my childhood she was the driving force of our life together.  She had a thirst for life and had wonderful adventures, many of which I accompanied her on. Besides being a transatlantic sailor and master breadmaker, she was also expert at making friends with interesting people from all walks of life. She took me fishing on Ballston Beach in Truro starting when I was an infant, taught me how to ride a horse, how to improve the soil in the garden, how to cook scrambled eggs and bacon in a cast iron skillet, and how to fit in at almost any kind of social occasion. With the passage of each year I more fully understand and appreciate her because I recognize her thoughts and actions in myself, both professionally and as a parent.”

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