Tom Herbert grew up in Arizona and doesn't want to live anywhere else. His family actually came to western New Mexico and then to eastern Arizona in the 1890's. His art degrees are from Northern Arizona University. Tom spent 31 years teaching at Cortez High School. He credits his teaching experience for forming the background for the art he produces. Having to teach various disciplines throughout his career gave impetus to creating in those mediums in his own art. Sculpture occupied a large part of his output for 25 years but as he taught the two dimensional mediums of painting, printmaking and graphic arts, more and more of his work changed to the flat surface but sculpture made its influence felt in the way Tom handled form in his paintings.
He belongs to four critique groups and is a member of Arizona Artists Guild, Arizona Watercolor Association, the San Diego Watercolor Society and the Arizona Contemporary Watercolorists. He has been an exhibit chair for many of the groups and installs art shows for Glendale Community College. Over the years he has been exceedingly generous in giving of his art to groups to help raise money for worthy causes, most recently the Mountain Home Air Base to help families of airmen who are overseas.