Trying to pigeonhole R. Tom Gilleon’s paintings into a particular art movement or genre is a fool’s errand. Much easier to declare without equivocation is that Gilleon’s interpretations of the American West are genuine, provocative and have a serious gravitational effect on the senses. He understands the places where the human heart and soul dwell. Those pieces of terra firma are part of his own identity and they literally occupy a corner of his visual landscape. Gilleon is old and seasoned enough to hold an AARP membership card in the pocket of his jeans. However, he is a rising star known for the vitality and freshness he brings to the easel. His work is coveted by collectors, increasingly finding homes in prominent museums and is the subject of highly-anticipated public showings.