Andy Thomas is an immensely talented painter and a storyteller with the models he creates. His subject matter consists of a variety of images from historical events to intimate moments of everyday life. These desires to create are funneled into the area of painting realism that ranges from very loose to very tight. Thomas’s medium is primarily oil, but he also works in watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and ink wash. He is also a very accomplished sculptor.
Primarily self-taught, Thomas began his professional art career in 1991 after sixteen years with a major advertising agency. In his studio, he creates unique paintings that tell stories. Thomas says, “I never consciously ponder elements of design or principals of desire. I rely on my sketches to refine a value scheme as a starting point. They also help me visualize the completed painting and consider light, painting technique, subject or object importance, and other considerations. The viewer’s eye-path is a big influence on the composition at this point and throughout the painting process.” Thomas’ style has been compared to Russell and Remington, while also being influenced by Howard Pyle, Richard Schmid, Norman Rockwell, and others.
Many of Thomas’ historical images have been used in books and as book covers, and his various paintings also have been featured in numerous magazines. Thomas’ original works are in many private and corporate collections and permanent collections of museums around the country. His paintings are exhibited in several shows annually, the most recent being the 2006 C. M. Russell Art Auction, where he sold eight original paintings.
He also enjoys judging art shows and teaching children and adult painting classes. Thomas is also a talented writer and published a book containing over 100 color images of his work and stories written by him. He is a member of the famed Salmagundi Club in New York, The Portrait Society of America, and other art organizations. Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Missouri Southern State University with a BS in Marketing Management.
Call or visit our local galleries in Laguna and Irvine for more information about procuring some of Thomas’ elegant artwork and other paintings for sale.