About | Andy Thomas Fine Art
Many call Andy Thomas the ‘Storyteller’ and if you have ever had a chance to view his work you just might agree. He tells many stories with his action filled western art and is bringing the cowboys back to life. In the past, Andy has painted many subjects from American History, a picnic by the river, kids playing sports to a brutal bear fight. All of his paintings end up telling you, the viewer some kind of story of our lives. You just never know what he will present to you next.
Andy began his professional art career began in the fall of 1991 after sixteen years with Leggett & Platt, Inc.
He works from his studio in Carthage, Missouri to create unique oil paintings that tell a story.
You can find his work in magazine articles Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Rural Missouri,
National Park Service brochures and educational books by the Franklin Watts Children Press, Harcourt and others.
He has also illustrated books and (with his permission) images have been used on many book covers.
The hardback books titled The Artful Journey & The West in Action contains over one hundred color images of his work and many include their stories that were mostly written by Thomas. They can be purchased on this website.
Andy’s work can be found in videos produced by the NPS, US Federal Claims Court and National Geographic.
He had the honor of being the Artist in Residence at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas where he lectured and gave painting demonstrations to college students and the general public.
In 2015, Andy was invited by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahomas to be the 2015 Rendevous Artist for paintings.
His work has won numerous awards and throughout his career he has been part of many shows from coast to coast.
Museum, National Parks & Corporate Collections
The James Museum * The Gilcrease Museum
The Pearce Western Art Museum, Corsicana, Texas
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas
Ft. Donelson National Battlefield; Tennessee
Stone’s River National Battlefield; Tennessee
Prairie Grove State Battlefield Park, Arkansas
The Iowa State Historical Museum
Carthage Civil War Museum, Missouri
Leggett & Platt, Inc. * Hometown Bank
Koch Collection * Healthpoint Limited
Salmagundi Club, NY, New York
The Portrait Society of America
Locally: artCentral and Spiva Center for the Arts
Married to Dina who is also his business partner since 1991.
They have six children and eleven grandchildren.
Full Name | Andrew Thomas
Nickname | Andy
Birthdate | September 6, 1957
Residence | Carthage, Missouri
Education | BS Marketing Management, Missouri Southern State University – 1981
Magna Cum Laude
Primarily self-taught in art
Artistic Influences | Charlie Russell, Richard Schmid, Frederick Remington, Norman Rockwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Bob Tommey, Howard Pyle
Styles | Realism that ranges from very loose to very tight
Techniques | I probably use them all
Discipline | Painting
Medium: Oil primarily. Also watercolor, pen & ink, charcoal, pencil, ink wash and sculpture.
Subject: All subjects – I don’t limit myself to one subject or style.
Statement of purpose | “I always remember why I do paintings or drawings when I see great work I admire and my stomach swirls. I suppose my desire to create is funneled into the area I most admire… painting realism”
Many historical images have been used in books and as book covers (with permission) including the Siege of Vicksburg, Wild Bill Hickok – Gunfighter, Civil War in the Ozarks, CW in Indian Territory, CW in Texas and New Mexico and more.
Movie & documentary inclusions: | Halloween II (Grand ol’ Gang), Superman (Storyteller) House of Cards (Reagan) and many more.
Self-published books | The Artful Journey 2003 | The West in Action 2012
Exhibition | Many since 1991 but a few recent ones are
Coeur d’Alene Art Auction * Settlers West Show
Quest for the West – Eiteljorg Museum
Charles M. Russell Museum Auction
Want to know where to buy Originals?
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The 2018 Quest for the West is around the corner. Andy chose to paint an image depicting the great Texas Rangers. His 36" x 30" oil on linen is titled One Riot, One Ranger and here is the story that he wrote: A Texas Ranger stands tall amid a storm of angry citizens...read more