Thom Rouse began his career as a portrait-wedding photographer in 1993. Based near Chicago, he now divides his time between commercial, fine art, and commissioned fine art images, with his clients as the central subjects of his pieces. His conceptual fine art images utilize real world photographs blended and manipulated to create an alternative to real world perception.
Thom holds the PPA Master of Photography degree, the Award of Excellence, the Master of Electronic Imaging degree and the Photographic Craftsman degree. He holds three Diamond, three Platinum and one Gold Photographer of the Year Awards from the PPA and is three time recipient of the Illinois Photographer of the Year. Other awards include numerous Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards, 36 images in the PPA and ASP Traveling Loan Collections, and the ASP Gold Medallion in 2006. Thom's work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Canada, China, Japan, Korea and Italy.