As a young man, my artistic inclinations were
expressed through music. I composed and
performed pop music and released several albums. I continue to compose and record music
today. I find that expression in the
auditory domain, as well as the visual domain, can similarly communicate
emotions, movement, and depth.
After retiring from a 45-year career in the
corporate world, I decided to pursue expression in visual art. As I was
drawn to color and organic abstract images, I selected this as a beginning
point for my work. I use acrylic paint
as my medium and canvas as my surface.
Generally, I choose an analogous palette with complementary
highlights. Often the colors are bold
with metallic undertones to heighten value change. I work in many layers, working with light
values within the layers to create depth.
I have often used sponges and rags to create
blends and fades that can be inherently difficult due to the characteristic
nature of acrylic paint. I try to design
a piece that has continuity, but allows for a “surprise” or two along the way.
Art, and the need for self-expression, are as old
as humanity. Lascaux Cave in
southwestern France, for example, houses some of the most famous of prehistoric
paintings. Around 17,000 years ago, impressive
paintings were created by clearly skilled hands.
Prevailing views attach a spiritual component to
them. To say that this expression was
important to the artists would be an understatement. Sandstone lamps that used animal fat to light
the dark interiors of the cave, pigments sourced from over 150 miles away,
“brushes” made from horsehair, and use of stencils all indicate the importance
to these Paleolithic people of creating art.
This is just one example of the timeless
connection of humanity and our need to express ourselves.
Inspired by works of Donna Young, Dario Campaneli, Jason Cianelli, and Houston abstract artist Dorothy Hood, Thomas produces imagery that becomes “jewelry for your walls”.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
Thomas' abstract paintings
evoke a range of emotions, from joyful exuberance to contemplative
wonder. With various approaches (his process involves combinations of
brushwork, pallet knife and sponge application, as well as pouring and
dripping), he creates compositions that are rich with texture, depth, vibrant
color, and a sense of spontaneity and movement. His paintings use diffused shapes and soft
hues that give some of his works a soft dreamy, nostalgic effect, and others a
crystalline, jewel tone.
Thomas' bold textural abstract art, from minimal to heavily textured paintings, range from small to large daring works on canvas.
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