Tom Killian

Artists In The Back Country

Tom Killion – Print Maker
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Tom was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints influenced by the Japanese Ukiyo-e style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. He studied history at UC Santa Cruz. In 1977 he founded Quail Press. In 1978, Killion began graduate studies in African History ay Stanford University, completing at doctorate on Ethiopia in 1985. Killion has taught African History at Bowdoin College, Maine and in 1994 was a Fulbright scholar at Asara University in Eritrea. In 1995, Tom returned to California and taught in the humanities department at San Francisco State University. Tom currently has his studio on Inverness Ridge, near Point Reyes, California and is currently collaborating on a book project with Gary Snyder entitled “Walking Tamalpias”.

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