Arkansas Artists and Authors: Barry Thomas

There are so many talented
artists and authors here in the state I wanted to try to showcase a few via
this blog. I’ll try to highlight as many as I can. Keep me posted if you have
any suggestions of artists you’d like to see featured. This week: Barry Thomas

Zoie Clift
An accomplished artist,
Little Rock painter Barry Thomas’ talents have nurtured a diverse career.
Before demand for his fine art made it impossible, Thomas was an acclaimed
illustrator and commercial artist. 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.
In college, Barry pursued many interests. At the
University of Arkansas, he joined the Razorback football team. At six-foot
plus, Thomas played defensive end for famous coach, Lou Holtz. And even though
it meant losing a player, Coach Holtz helped convince Thomas to follow his
dream of becoming an artist. As the audience for his fine art increased, Thomas
was able to turn his focus to creating his majestic paintings. Sensitive and
breathtaking, his work is created using only the colors of Monet’s palette.
Like Monet, Thomas excludes browns and blacks from all his work. Theresult is
bright, enlightened canvases that reflect only the purest hues and colors. His
work has appeared in many galleries across the nation including Aspen, Sante
Fe, New Mexico, and Hilton Head, South Carolina.
I had a chance to catch a
painting demo Thomas did and it’s apparent he loves the craft. He was smiling
the whole time he was painting and shared tips along the way for fellow
artists.  For more details on
Thomas, check out The above bio is from his website. 
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