Thomas Bradshaw, Blackstone, Virginia
Thomas Bradshaw born in 1972 to a creatively rich family. His Father is a dentist and a baptist minister. His grandmother, being an oil painter herself, instilled drawing and painting very early on. Drawing Star Wars characters at night after school became his daily ritual. His high school art teacher guided Thomas to Art Institute of Atlanta studying graphic design. At that time there was a stygma about becoming an artist and being able to eck out a living as an artist. Thomas moved, after graduating, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to spread his wings a bit and fell in love with the western landscape. There his love of being outside and art eventually came to fruition.
"I have always loved seeing a painterly painted painting". Thomas has often said. "Jackson was a place I could immerse myself in the style of art that I loved to study."
Thomas Bradshaw has been painting "en plein air" since he first decided to take a french easel out to a local golf course and capture the day. This has been his love, drive, and goal ever since. To convey the beauty that surrounds us everyday in a way that brings the viewer into the painting. To stop and invoke a memory of time that only happens once. Every time I step outdoors to paint we are faced with bugs, humidity, sun in our faces, sun on the pallet, and even wind and rain, or snow! So we have to overcome those cinereous and produce a finished painting.