Tom Cullins, a fourth-generation Vermonter, started painting and photography as a young child. This passion for art led him to the profession of architecture. After graduating from Syracuse University with a bachelor of architecture in 1967, he went on to the Graduate School of Design's Master Class in Architecture at Harvard University.
In 1968, Tom moved back to Burlington to pursue architecture and in 1976 became a senior partner in TruexCullins Architects. Over 40 years he designed numerous award winning buildings locally, nationally and internationally. For four years, Tom left his Burlington firm to head a 50-person international architectural firm in Athens, Greece, designing major projects throughout the Middle East. He rejoined the Burlington firm as a senior partner in 1990 and retired in 2006.
Throughout his architectural and retirement years, Tom has also pursued his lifelong passion for painting and photography, winning 18 national photography competition awards from the American Institute of Architects and exhibiting his paintings both locally and in Greece where he has summered with this family since 1994.
Tom's paintings range from representational to abstract and although mainly a watercolorist, his recent work is in multiple mediums. During recent residences at the Vermont Studio Center he has created small, abstract wood sculpture that reflects both is architecture and his current abstract, geometric painting.