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Artist Statement

My work will lead the viewer into a place that is primal in the subconscious. My work is an invitation to visit. The viewer must participate in the artwork for it to be interpreted meaningfully. That is why the art is, in form and content, less defined. The viewer “finishes” my paintings, drawings and other art forms as a willing and sometimes not so willing participant; the act of art is validated.

Many of the works are connected to universal issues and inspired by folktales and mythology, but most importantly they are to be open ended. Each is a new sequel to that which preceded it. I have spent my lifetime enriching my visualization of certain fundamental themes based on the nature of humankind.

Like the Zephyr winds, my work is fleeting yet accessible to those who allow that which is rational and that which is attributed to dream to intermingle in twilight.


Thom is the observer of the human condition. His works run the gamut from humor to deep emotion. His work stimulates and often creates the "ah-ha moment." Many of his artworks are disquieting but at the same time inviting the viewer into his world. The viewer always finds more than is seen in one glance.


For the student of art, his mastery of form and line are the perfect complement to embrace his statement. He has created a visual signature that tells you an artwork is a Kapheim before you read the name.

Illustrations by Thom Kapheim


The Epic of Gilgamesh

Author: Danny P. Jackson




Author: Aeschylus

Classical Considerations

Edited by: Marie Bolchazy


The Iliad

Author: E. T. Owen, John H. Betts


In 2007, Thom received The Illinois Alliance for Arts Award for Outstanding Contributions in Art Education by a Secondary Visual Art Educator. Thom was involved in creating a new approach to holistic and multi-disciplinary arts education and the co-creator of a performance-based stage production called "Fusion". In 1998 Fusion was given the State of Illinois Innovators in Education Award. The project was presented at the National Gifted Convention 1999.


Committees and Positions

Thom has served on the State of Illinois Evaluation Committee in arts education. He has taught in secondary schools and at the college level. He served two terms on the school board of Wauconda School District #118.

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