Everything about Barry Thomas is big. Big colors. Big physique. Big heart. Big humility. Big paintings. Even his paintbrushes, which he travels to Madrid, Spain to acquire, are big. And yet, he never fails to capture the subtle beauty of an Aspen tree, or a horse and rider, or a sunset shining eastward.
Barry is inspired by the great outdoors. He has a special love for the mountains of the American West. He travels and explores them constantly, pulling his horse trailer-come-mobile studio into the far reaches of the Rockies. He’ll stay for days or weeks, scouting vantage points, and painting.
Usually he’ll use trees as easels, strapping huge canvases to the protected and shaded trunks of evergreens, visiting each easel once a day when the light is just right. He makes the rounds between paintings for days until each is complete.
During his painting trips in the mountains, Barry has been known to host elaborate dinners under the stars, inviting fellow artists, local (wherever that may be) town folk, and friends to enjoy a gourmet meal – complete with a private chef, white tablecloths, silver cutlery, fine wine and candelabras. It is these experiences that Barry relishes – talking art or philosophy and breaking bread in the environs of his beloved mountains.
Around the campfire, speaking with a slow southern drawl, he might tell you about his decades-long missionary work in Honduras. Or his travels through Europe, where he chased the light in Provence like his Impressionist predecessors. He might tell you about sailing and scuba diving in the British Virgin Islands, or about the triathlon he recently completed. Or he might tell you that the fatherless boy he mentored for years has earned a full football scholarship and become an All-American.
Barry is also strongly influenced by the Spanish Impressionist Joaquin Sorrolla, for his ability to capture light. Swedish Impressionist Anders Zorn also influences Barry through his ability to handle the figure and his edges. Barry also appreciates the works of Russian Impressionists Nicola Fechin, for his expressive brushstrokes, and Nikolai Timkov for his landscapes and use of color. Study any of Barry’s paintings and his boundless energy and zest for life will be apparent. It is with the deliberate strokes of a master painter that he translates his fearless optimism using the rudimentary tools of paint, paintbrush and canvas. The work, once completed, reflects the creative genius of Barry Thomas – how he lives his life and creates his art.
Barry’s energy and zest for life will be apparent. It is with the deliberate strokes of a master painter that he translates his fearless optimism, using rudimentary tools of paint, paintbrush and canvas. The work, once completed, reflects the creative genious of Barry Thomas – how he lives his life and creates his art.