To say McDowell County, WV native Tom Acosta is an award-winning painter of pictures would be inadequate. The perfection he demands of himself & his finished pieces make it evident his artistic endeavors are much more than a way to make a living. Acosta paints with purpose, depicting contemporary social realities & everyday activities of ordinary people. 

Aside from a work in the permanent collection at the Butler Institute in Youngstown, Ohio, Tom has exhibited at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV, Tamarack in Beckley, WV & the Gertrude Smith House in Mount Airy, NC. Currently he is represented at the Barbara Moore Gallery in Chadds Ford, PA, Virtu Studio and Gallery at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, and The Lost Pearl Art Gallery in Tazewell, VA.


He is featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary Hollow. Magazines including Art Galleries & Artists of the South, Railfan, The State Journal, and Wonderful West Virginia have all featured Acosta, along with the books Moving To A Small Town & Legends of McDowell County.

Although he is living in and restoring a seventeen-room coal baron’s mansion built in 1909, he has a bed in his studio in the basement. Often he starts painting at dark and works through the night. “When I get tired, I stop and sleep for a while,” he said. “Then, I’ll get up and go right back to work.”