Barry Thomas is an impressionist painter who follows in the tradition of Monet. He uses the same colors as Monet did, as well as the same technique of excluding browns and blacks from all of his work. His paintings are bright and lively, reflecting only the purest hues and colors.
Thomas’ sensitive and breathtaking works are in part a result of his diverse experiences. At the University of Arkansas, he joined the Razorback football team. At six-foot plus, Barry played defensive end for famous coach, Lou Holtz, who helped convince Thomas to follow his dream of becoming an artist, even though it meant losing an exceptional player.
After college, and before demand for his fine art made it impossible, Thomas was an acclaimed illustrator and commercial artist. Just one year after receiving his Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Thomas was chosen for the Society of Illustration Hallmark Award. That same year he was honored with an award from The Society of Illustration of New York City. As the audience for his fine art increased, Barry was able to turn his focus to creating his majestic paintings.
It could be argued that Thomas’ tender, vivid and energizing style comes from his studies; that working with and under the tutelage of artists such as Howard Terpning, Gary Carter and William Reese helped him hone his unique skills of catching the beauty of the everyday. However, Barry would say that, many times, his inspiration comes from his wife, Piper, and their children, Kendall, Hannah and Denton. The subject of many of his paintings, Thomas’ family is all he needs to create some of his most outstanding work.