Richard D. Thomas2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Richard D. Thomas has been painting professionally for 30 years. A loose and painterly realist with a flexible approach to concept, he works mostly in the Western genre. One of the original Top 100 selected in the 1987 and 1988 Arts for the Parks competition, he was a regional winner in 1988. A prolific and disciplined artist, he is a regular participant in various invitational shows throughout the country, including Masters of the American West and Western Visions. He was awarded the 2007 Juror's Best of Show at the C.M. Russell Auction. A native of California, he and his wife live on their ranch in Cardwell, Montana, with their family of horses, dogs, and cats.
What artist inspires you? Why?
A blend of Sargent, Rembrandt, Rockwell, Terpning, and Schmid-for their intense approach and research apparent in their work as contained in their drawing, the many colors within the color, mastery of composition, and an immediate sense of impact the viewer experiences as something several notches above the rest.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
When you are primarily a Western artist and live in the middle of ranching country at the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountain range in the state of Montana, surrounded by cattle and horse drives, roundups and brandings, day in and day out, all you have to do is show up! The ideas will follow!
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
Newness itself, within Montana; a change in perspective. A familiar landmark, e.g., a mountain, can take on a more inspirational aura with just a change of light, season, or maybe a change in your viewing vantage point and become a new experience that needs to be painted.