Tom Sgouros was one of my painting instructors at Rhode Island School of Design. He taught me how to see through rigorous engagement with observational drawing, and also taught me the fundamental techniques of oil painting. Tom was for a long time known as a masterful watercolorist — the creator of works of stunning detail and precision. Shortly after I graduated, Tom was diagnosed with macular degeneration — a condition or progressive blindness. In the final decade of his career he developed a practice of creating ‘remembered landscapes.’ I find these works to be exquisitely beautiful — both for their soulful rendering of place and for their abstract poetry.