Tom Eckert received his M.F.A. degree from Arizona State University, with advanced study at California State University at Northridge. Exhibited in over 170 national and international exhibitions since 1966, his work is displayed throughout the United States and was part of the Craft in America traveling exhibition. Internationally, his work has been published in the United States, Europe, Asia, and The Middle East.
"Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction. When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens - for me, magic." - Tom Eckert