John Toms was born in 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His family moved to Denver, Colorado the next year. By the age of two, John was drawing and tracing pictures of his family and precious life experiences. He continued developing his artistic skill through high school, and furthered his education at the Colorado Institute of Art and the European Institute of Fine Art and Commercial Arts.
John began displaying his works publicly in 1979. Toms formed his own publishing company, Black Market Ink, in March of 1993. John's works are featured in the collections of several notable collectors, and one of the originals from his "Jazz" series was purchased by the DuSable Museum in Chicago.
John's work is characterized by strong compositions of dramatic images flowing with vivid colors. Utilizing oils, acrylics, water colors, luma dyes, pastels, inks, colored pencils and charcoals, Toms approaches his craft with a sincere passion.
"Everyone should allow themselves a license to dream, and don't be afraid of your corridors. I feel like my art is what God has given me to give of myself right now, and I hope it touches some hearts or warms some moments..."