After attending Canterbury College of Art, Tom studied courses in Heraldry & Calligraphy at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. In 1988 He was appointed the in-house artist at the Institute in Canterbury before becoming a freelance in 1992.

In his professional career as a heraldic artist and Illuminator Tom has found many opportunities where he can indulge his love of painting nature. He has also taken a number of commissions from English Nature to paint species studies for various publications and displays, as well as private commissions.