Tom Winters was born in the English Midlands and raised in North Wales, but has lived in the United States since 1997. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Art History in May 2010, his undergraduate career encompassing a wide array of art historical subjects, with papers on artists including Donatello, Bernini, Rembrandt, Watteau, J.L. David, Candido Portinari and Kurt Schwitters. Tomís main area of focus, however, was Dutch art of the seventeenth century, with a senior seminar paper on the role of music in genre scenes, and a research project on the attribution of a landscape painting in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
In August 2010, Tom joined the graduate program in Art History at the University of Virginia with a Presidential Fellowship. Since that time he has continued his study of seventeenth-century Dutch art under the advisement of Professor Lawrence O. Goedde, while also exploring diverse topics in seminars on Medieval, Buddhist, Italian Renaissance, 18th and 19th Century, and Abstract Expressionist art, among others. In addition to his studies, Tom has greatly enjoyed and benefitted from his experiences as a Teaching Assistant for survey courses in both Art History and Architectural History. In May 2012, Tom was awarded his M.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia, after having completed a thesis entitled "Flowers and Crooks, Feathers and Lutes: Gerrit van Honthorstís Erotic Fictive-Figure Painting." He regrets not having spent more time on the title.
In August 2012, Tom will enter the PhD program in Art History at the University of Virginia, to begin work on an as-yet-undecided dissertation topic under the guidance of Professor Goedde. By that time he will have completed an intensive Dutch language program at the University of Utrecht summer school.