Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. The rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California inspired him from an early age, creating landscape prints using wood, linoleum blocks and Japanese carving tools. He is influenced by the Japanese artists, Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige.
Killion was in his late teens when he first hand printed illustrations for books, and only 21 when he merged text and image to complete 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, celebrating the mountains that visually dominated his early life. Since then, he has completed many projects, including Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents – a blend of text from his travel journals, carefully selected handmade paper, and prints of European and African scenes. Tom has also collaborated with Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Gary Snyder, to create hand-printed, large-format books, The High Sierra of California and Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints. He currently works in his studio near Point Reyes, California.