Tom was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. Self-taught in art, he now resides in Hampden, Maine with his wife, Nancy. He is a life-long sportsman who ties his own flies, trains his own dogs, and convinces Nancy that he must constantly gather background material for paintings and writings.
In addition to painting, he wrote and illustrated a feature outdoor column for the Bangor Daily News and is the author-illustrator of the book, “Feathers ‘n Fins” which was published jointly by the National Sporting Fraternity and Bangor Publishing Co, also “Handy to Home,” published by Down East Books.
In 1977, he was named the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s first “Artist of the Year,” repeated in 1978, and in 1987 was named the federation’s 40th Anniversary Artist of the Year. He also was one of 30 artists selected from the United States, Canada, and England to be represented in Canada Ducks Unlimited’s “Portfolio of Waterfowl of North America.”
He won first competition for Mass. Waterfowl Stamp (1975) The auctioning of his original paintings and prints has raised substantial amounts of money for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, The Atlantic Salmon Federation, and other conservation organizations.
Hennessey’s works are represented in many of the finest private, public, and corporate collections of sporting art. His illustrations have appeared in major outdoor magazines and books on hunting and fishing. As an old friend of L.L. Bean, many of his works were covers of early Bean catalogs.
- American Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD
- Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC
- Crossroads of Sport, Inc. New York, NY