| In 1991, Positive Art's third annual summer exhibition at
Nexus Gallery, entitled "Finding Our Own Healing," included a
community panel discussion about art and AIDS. Responding to the
question: "Is your art politically explicit, or implicitly political
because you are an artist living with AIDS?" Tom was emphatic.
His art was in no way political.
His impassioned statement honored all the men who had modeled
for his paintings. He said that after modeling for him, they would
often spend the night, and that he would make them breakfast before
they left his studio. Tom's work was a tribute to these men. He
felt indebted to them for helping to make his pictures come alive.