Printmaker / Painter

Raised in a Bohemian-style household, Thomas was fully immersed into an eclectic artistic world right from the start. Moving almost yearly as a child she was exposed to the art of small towns and cities throughout the Pacific Northwest and Europe. She was educated to recognize and appreciate fine art. It was the European art scene that fueled her artist quest.

Thomas spent 1973-76 with her family attending school in England. Following her return to the States she enrolled in the Pacific Northwest College of Art expanding her knowledge and love of painting. After her studies were complete she chose to study abroad in Siena, Italy adding to her broad scope of styles. As a young woman she settled in Central Oregon relishing the extended sunshine-filled days.

Thomas’ style reflects her interest in drawing, surface design and color theory. Since becoming a member of the Atelier 6000 print studio in Bend, Oregon she has been focusing her efforts on color reduction printing and collagraph. She creates her drawings onsite and then returns to the studio. Building upon her drawing she creates a printing plate by collaging layers of artboard then completes the final painting with gouache.

Inspired by her surroundings while on her daily trail walks, she studies the texture and colors of light in the natural environment. Using vivid color Thomas strives to evoke emotion by distorting form and perspective for expressive effects. Her paintings explore nature’s vastness of complication to its simplicity of design.