CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2004) Tom Sanker takes a distinctive
approach to painting. Not satisfied with traditional acrylic paints,
he has dabbled over the years to create a style that is uniquely his
A customer who buys one of Sankers paintings gets two
paintings for the price of one, said the Port Royal, Ky., resident.
by Rita Stangle
Tom Sanker with one of his paintings.
Sanker mixes acrylic paint with phosphorous paint to create a scene
on canvas. The total effect is not visible on one of his paintings
in the daylight, but they take on an ethereal glow in the dark.
Sanker will be just one of more than 20 artists participating in the
Mary Ann Gentry Memorial Regional Artist Showcase during the month
of May. Works by various artists will be on display at the Carroll
County Public Library.
An April 30 reception is planned to kick off the month-long show.
The reception will begin at 7 p.m. at the library and the public is
The library sponsors this art show in part to make the community
aware of whats available at the library, said library
staff member Shannon Taylor. The library promotes many events, activities
and cultural ideas within the community, said Taylor.
There will be a combination of multi-media artwork on display. Works
included in this fine art exhibit include sculpture, paintings, pencil
drawings and a 4x6-foot mural.
While the art show is open to all area artists, most have a connection
to Carroll County, said Taylor. Sanker has participated since the
shows conception in 1997.
Sanker, 49, described his paintings as inspirational portraits.
He first improvises a color scheme in experimental layers until a
figure or face emerges. From that point, he builds around the figure.
He begins a painting in abstract and builds it into a figurative representation.
Each painting has its own unique style, he said. Although
he may not have definite details worked out before beginning a work,
the painting takes on a life of its own as he works to guide it into
a completed form.
Sanker said of his technique, its like the layering aspect of
architecture. Each builds on the next until a clear figure or
idea emerges. The end result has the effect of capturing light on
He first tried painting with phosphorous paints after graduating from
Arizona State University, where he had studied urban design. Sanker
thought he had to paint to get a feel for design. He enjoyed
the process so much that he stuck with it, relishing the sense of
discovery and adventure that accompanied each new painting.
The artist has exhibited his works in several galleries in Louisville,
Cincinnati and Atlanta, and locally in the Amyx Gallery at the Smith-Berry
Winery in New Castle, Ky.
Sanker said his paintings are a way of recording my day to day
life. I can see where Ive been. They are a personal diary in
the form of discovery.
For more information, call the Carroll County Public Library
at (502) 732-7020.