Berkshire Artist Supports Sean's Run
March 13, 2009: Tom Warner is an
artist, a poet and runner, and someone who knows an important cause
when he sees it. After last years Sean's Run, he was inspired to
create a special painting that he would donate to the event organizers
to use as part of their fund raising efforts.
He recently presented his latest watercolor painting
" A Right Way To Heaven" to the Organizing Committee which
will be used as a Grand Prize in a raffle drawing. The winning ticket
will be drawn at Sean's Run on April 26. The original painting will
be displayed at the First Niagara Bank Chatham Branch beginning
"I met Sean and his family when I brought my
family to participate in the Old Chatham 5K several years ago. I
am supporting Sean's Run because I fully recognize the relationship
between poor decisions of teens and the immense pressure these young
people face every day during their high school years. I pray lives
are saved by our efforts. I was there at Chatham High School in
2002 with my daughter Kate when (former) Governor George Pataki
signed Sean's Law. I was determined from that moment on I would
always try to make a difference
and support this effort to eliminate underage and impaired driving,"
noted Warner when presenting the painting.
Raffle tickets are $1.00 (one dollar) each are being
sold by the Organizing Committee and are available at First Niagara
Bank in Chatham. Another Grand Prize, two tickets and expenses to
attend a Broadway play, has been donated by Chris and Randy Hahn
of Chatham. All money raised will go towards grants to schools and
youth groups by Sean's Run to support programs at reducing underage
drinking, impaired driving and teens’ lax of use of seatbelts.
As a young man, Tom Warner met Norman Rockwell, also
a Berkshire resident and the famed cover painter of the Saturday
Evening Post magazine. Rockwell told the young Warner "If your
going to paint a picture, have it tell a story, otherwise don't
bother painting", a lesson Warner never forgot.
Warner describes his work as being influenced by Rockwell,
Vermont's Grandma Moses and other artists, but in the end the style
is “pure Tom Warner”. Most of his works include Adirondack
lakes , Berkshire scenes, and New England shorelines.
Now with a family ,including daughter Kate in college
and son Dan in high school, Warner uses his works to convey stories
to them and others. “When I finished ‘A Right Way to
Heaven’, I explained to my kids that I wanted them and future
generations of Warners to know the lessons I have learned through
Sean’s story and about the challenges of the teenage years.
The painting is about Sean French, about growing up and about the
grace of the God,” he explained. “I hope they share
that story and that knowledge always."
More about Tom Warner, as well as a look at
some of his other artwork, can be seen at his website: www.TWarnerWatercolors.com