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About the Artist

Dean Thomas maintains charmingly old-fashioned feelings about Bucks County landscapes and townscapes in his recent oils.

Victoria Donohoe

Philadelphia Inquirer

Dean Thomas painting in teh woods

Upon graduating from Glassboro State College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, my career as a professional artist began. Printmaking was my major under the direction of Dr. Herbert Appelson. My secondary field of study was painting. I had three different painting instructors over the course of four years at Glassboro. Gerry Monroe (oil painting, aquarelle), Joseph Tischler (oil painting) and Daniel Chard (oil painting, acrylics). Gerry Monroe was a student of Willem DeKooning and continues to paint and exhibit in New York City in his abstract expressionist style. Daniel Chard is an internationally acclaimed landscape painter and exhibits with the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York City. Herbert Appelson is an exhibiting member of the Philadelphia watercolor club and continues to teach printmaking full time at Rowan University.

I continue to have an open dialogue with all of my former professors and consider them mentors in my pursuit of artistic excellence.

As a professional artist I have worked in several different mediums. While working in New Jersey from 1983 to 1994 I produced over 100 hand engraved plates for monotype and hand colored prints. Watercolor was the means used for hand coloring each print. These prints were in small editions and widely displayed in over thirty galleries throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia. These hand colored engravings depicted landscapes and village scenes of Southern New Jersey. My prints were entered in numerous juried shows in this ten year period and were the recipient of many purchase awards (see awards). These works are included in several county permanent collections in Southern New Jersey. It was also during this period that I became an exhibiting member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club.

In 1994 I relocated to Boulder, Colorado and began to paint exclusively in watercolor.

The vast landscapes of Colorado provided me with unlimited subjects for drawing and painting experimentation. Toward the end of 1995 I returned east and was drawn to the New Hope region of Pennsylvania with its rich heritage in the visual arts

For the past seventeen years I have been living and working as a professional artist in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Currently I am exhibiting with three different galleries (see galleries), have had several solo and group shows, have had my work in many juried shows and have cultivated a strong following of private collectors.

It is in this period that I have made the transition from watercolor to oils. For the past eleven years I have worked exclusively in oils. My painting style has evolved from highly representational realism to a looser, more painterly approach reminiscent of the French Barbizon School of the 19th century.

My earliest influences were Asher B. Durand and John Kensett of the Hudson River School. The engravings of Courier and Ives played a large part in why I chose printmaking as my major in college. More recent influences have been George Inness, also of the Hudson River School, as well as Daniel Garber and William Lathrop of the New Hope School.

My strong and deeply rooted connection to the natural world is what drives me to paint. Backpacking, fly fishing, and kayaking are my favorite past times when I am not painting outdoors or in the studio.

It is my sincere desire that my love for the outdoors through my paintings will have a profound affect on others, keeping them connected to the natural world as well. As our natural world disappears, so shall our dependence upon it. As our dependence disappears, so will our bond with nature.