Tom Betthauser was born and raised in the Bay Area, where he graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute. He's currently finishing a MFA at Yale. His surreal, finely-detailed landscapes display impressive technique and a radical imagination. His art brings to mind the landscapes of Thomas Cole, the detailed scenes of George Catlin, and the fractured graphic impulses of M.C. Escher. Let's hope he comes back to the Bay Area after graduation. We could always use more talent on the home team.