Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Tatom began his formal art training at the University of Utah from which he obtained a B.F.A. in 1972 on a full merit scholarship. From there, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1973 – 1976.

Kirk Tatom was one of the foremost carvers of stone in Santa Fe for nearly 20 years.  He’s now noted for painting the lush green fields and farms of this country.  Tatom gravitates towards painting rural landscape where he finds inspiration from farm animals, lush greens, rivers, and paints them in a soft ethereal light that seems too perfect for this world.