Thursday, February 21 | 6 – 8 pm
“I love drawing the human form freehand and in a spontaneous way hoping the viewer feels what I felt” – Richard Thomas
This collection of 50 clothed figurative paintings by Richard Thomas includes small to medium sized pieces in as many poses, some humorous in nature. Created using a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, acrylic and mixed media, Richard’s drawings have been described as “self-composed without being remote” and “unself-conscious” by Mark Ormond, a highly respected independent curator, previously the Senior Curator at the Ringling Museum of Art and now a professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
A native Floridian Richard Thomas was born in Tampa and grew up outside Plant City before making Anna Maria Island his home in the early eighties. After settling in Anna Maria, Richard and his wife Susan opened a small book store in the old Anna Maria Island post office building on Gulf Drive, naming it “Sarah’s Gulfside Bookstore” after their daughter. Richard began painting landscapes, primarily in watercolor, and started selling them out of the bookstore. In the early 90’s Richard joined the Serendipity Gallery in Boca Grande, Florida and was part of that gallery until the Spring of 2018 when it closed its doors. Richard attributes his focus on the human form to its many layers above and beyond landscape painting. Richard has participated in numerous one man and group exhibits in Florida and North Carolina. His work can be found in art collections nationwide.