Thomas Gonzalez
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Thomas Gonzalez, the oldest of four siblings was born in Havana Cuba on August 8, 1959. In 1970, his family migrated to Atlanta, Georgia. Today, Thomas lives north of Atlanta, in the suburb of Alpharetta, with his wife and daughter.

Throughout grade school and high school, Tom focused his attention on sports and art. He attended The Savannah School of Design which was formerly known as the Atlanta College of Art. While in college, he was attracted to design and advertising which remained the focus of his career for many years.

He’s been an art director, principal designer and creative director at various companies. At The Coca-Cola Company, where he spent many years, he worked on print advertising as well as packaging designs for their global brands. But he never stopped drawing and painting. He continued producing his artwork for freelance projects with corporate clients and advertising agencies. He was a featured illustrator in the ARTIST’S Magazine October 1989 issue.

Thomas has been the recipient of several advertising and design related awards including a gold and two silver Addy’s, two Print Magazine awards, two Show South awards, and a bronze International Brand Packaging Award.

After hearing the story about a Masai warrior from his friend and author, Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas told her he knew how to illustrate that story. Carmen agreed, and he received the opportunity to illustrate his first picture book 14 Cows For America from Peachtree Publishers. He fell in love with the process, and he’s working on his second picture book for Marshall Cavendish.

Tom’s background in art direction helps him conceive the numerous visual possibilities of a manuscript and expand the options of the illustration process. Thomas considers the design placement and relationship of the items on a page to be just as important as the pictures he creates.

After many years in the commercial art world, finally, he’s doing what he always wanted to do since he was a child - to draw and paint the pictures he sees when he reads a story.

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