Thomas was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of six he was already sketching portraits of his Grandparents, Family members and anyone else who would sit still for him. Throughout his school years his mother nurtured his talent with Art classes outside of regular school curriculum, such as Ceramics and Glass Blowing. In high school Thomas was one of five students chosen to attend a nude drawing course at Otis & Parson Art institute of Los Angeles. In 1989 Thomas moved to Sacramento with his wife and continued his studies of the arts at Sacramento State College and Consumnes River College with Renowned Ceramic Artist/Teacher Yoshio Taylor.
Over the next 28 years married with two children, working during the day and painting at night, Thomas has continued to pursue his love of painting. Thomas has had several private showings through the years and has also participated in Sacramento’s “Art on the River”, Vacaville Art & Wine Stroll, 2nd Saturday, opening of the California Museum, and also appeared on “Good Morning Sacramento”. Thomas’ publicly displayed art can be seen at UC Davis Medical as well as a Mural “Stairwell Project” for Kaiser Permanente Hospital which was featured in the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
When I first began to paint it was the process of transferring what I was envisioning onto a flat surface with the amazement of one’s fruition coming into view. I continue to paint with this enthusiasm, releasing me from life’s demands, a place where I can just let go and create whatever comes from within, where “Time” doesn’t exist. I feel that my life experiences are the foundation to creation.
Growing up in Los Angeles has greatly influenced my art work, from city to sea, Hollywood, scenes of Oceans, Clouds, Palm Trees and Birds are typical objects that are usually incorporated into my work. I’m inspired to create Landscape scenes, figures and presenting them in a surrealistic setting that is timeless.
My desire is to share my thoughts and visions, creating light and shadows is what really excites me about painting. I also enjoy the joyous reaction of those who appreciate my work.