1915 - 1994
Tom Greenshields was born in Devon, the grandson of the well-known Victorian watercolour painter Edouard van Goethem. He studied at the Slade receiving a classical training in drawing and anatomy. On graduation he painted mainly in watercolour, exhibiting work at the Royal Academy.
A distinguished wartime career followed, serving as a Major in 94th Field Regiment and latterly commanded 224 Battery, he was awarded the Military Cross in Normandy after the invasion and was wounded shortly afterwards by machine gun fire. He returned to his Battery shortly before the Allies crossed the Rhine. Following the war he was in charge of Lehrte, a town near Hanover in North Germany, it was here that he met Renate* who became one of the first War Brides, she was just 18. Tom returned to England to run the family farm in 1946
During his thirty-two years as a farmer, Tom Greenshields, had little time for painting until his eldest son Tim took over in 1980. A farming accident in the same year left him without the use of his right hand, however, at the age of sixty-six, undeterred and with great courage he transferred his skills to his left hand and devoted the rest of his life to a his artistic career. He was in demand for exhibitions during his lifetime and fifteen years after his death his work is still being collected and currently on view in art galleries in England, Scotland and Wales.
* Lucky Girl Goodbye by Renate Greenshields. A book describing her German upbringing and war time experiences.