Tom Everhart was born on May 21, 1952 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Yale University of Art and Architecture in 1976. He continued his postgraduate studies at the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris and briefly taught Life Drawing and Painting at Antioch College.
In 1980, Tom Everhart was introduced to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz at Schulz’s studios in Santa Rosa, California. Impressed with Schulz’s line, Everhart was able to reproduce the line art almost exactly, which in turn impressed Schulz at their meeting. A few years later, Everhart began drawing special projects for Schulz both in New York and Tokyo. These authentic Schulz-style drawings included covers and interiors of magazines, art for the White House and the majority of the Met Life campaign.
In January 1990, Everhart’s Schulz-related work went on to show at the Louvre in Paris, and subsequently appeared in Los Angeles at the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, Montreal at the Museum of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan at the Suntory Museum of Art, Osaka, Rome, Venice, Milan, Minneapolis, Baltimore, New York, Houston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and in Santa Rosa California at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
In 1991, Charles Schulz and United Media drafted a legal agreement to allow Tom Everhart to use visual subject matter from Schulz’s Peanuts strip in his art for “the term of his life.” Today, Everhart is the only fine artist educated directly by Schulz, and he continues to use the visual subject matter from Schulz’s distinctive visual language to create his art.