Andy Thomas, Maze Creek Studio
Many call Andy Thomas the ‘Storyteller’ and if you have ever had a chance to view his work you might just agree. Currently he is telling many stories with his action filled western art. These pieces are bringing the cowboys back to life as well as the American West history. In the past, Andy has painting many subjects from a picnic by the river, kids playing sports to a brutal bear fight.
You can find his work in magazine articles (recently Western Art Collector), National Park Service brochures, and educational books by the Franklin Watts Children Press, Harcourt and others. He has also illustrated books and his images have been used on many book covers. The hardback book titled The Artful Journey contains over one hundred color images of his work and many include their stories that were mostly written by Thomas. It is available through his studio. In addition to books Andy’s work can be found in videos produced by the NPS, US Federal Claims Court and National Geographic.
During the years Andy has judged art shows and given art lessons to both children and adults. He had the honor of being the Artist in Residence at Navarro College in Corsicana , Texas where lectured and gave painting demonstrations to college students and the general public. His work has won numerous awards and he participates in many shows and exhibitions throughout the country. Some are the CM Russell Art Auction, International Masters of Fine Art Show, Salon International Show, Midwest Gathering of Artists, Settlers West Show and others. He is represented by Greenhouse Gallery of San Antonio Texas.
The Pearce Western Art Museum, and the Iowa State Historical Museum are a few of the museums that have his artwork displayed as part of their permanent collections. Also corporations such as Leggett & Platt, Inc., Stanton Partners Inc., Lathrop & Gage, Hometown Bank and Healthpoint Limited are owners of originals.
Influenced by Bob Tommey, Howard Pyle, Richard Schmid, Frederick Remington, Norman Rockwell, and Charles Dana Gibson, Andy’s primary medium is oil, but he also works in watercolor, pen & ink, charcoal, pencil, ink wash and sculpture.
Andy has graciously donated scans of several of his pieces to this project. His artwork can be found throughout Community and Conflict. Prints of Andy’s work can be purchased form his website.