The purpose of my work is to evoke emotion. I don't want you to feel exactly what I was while creating each piece, or know specifically why I painted it. Rather, I want these works to bring out a personal experience that is uniquely your own. To conjure up a memory or feeling in you that you were not expecting.  Through spatial relationships, colors and patterns, I build layer upon layer into each painting. I begin with a color, design and layout sketch in mind, but then let instinct and chance take charge and end up with a canvas that is always a surprise.      

510 Upas St.
San Diego, CA 92103

Tom Lien was born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in San Diego, California. His studies include Northern Illinois University, Bachelors in Art and Design. 

Tom comes from a long line of artists, including painters, sculptors and even Disney cartoonists; all of which had an impact on his growth as an artist. 

Tom also founded and is Creative Director of Lien Design, a packaging design and branding company in San Diego, California. Lien Design has been in business for over 18 years, and caters to clients from Fortune 500s to ambitious start-ups.