Andy began his professional art career began in the fall of 1991 after sixteen years with Leggett & Platt, Inc.
He works from his studio in Carthage, Missouri to create unique oil paintings that tell a story.
You can find his work in magazine articles (recently Quarter Horse Monthly), Western Art Collector, Rural Missouri,
National Park Service brochures and educational books by the Franklin Watts Children Press, Harcourt and others.
He has also illustrated books and his images have been used on many book covers.
The hardback books titled The Artful Journey & The West in Action contains over one hundred color images of his work and many include their stories that were mostly written by Thomas.
Andy's work can be found in videos produced by the NPS, US Federal Claims Court and National Geographic.
He had the honor of being the Artist in Residence at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas where he lectured and gave painting demonstrations to college students and the general public.
His work has won numerous awards and he participates in many shows throughout the country.
Museum, National Parks & Corporate Collections
The Pearce Western Art Museum, Corsicana, Texas
The Iowa State Historical Museum
Carthage Civil War Museum, Missouri
Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas
Prairie Grove State Battlefield Park, Arkansas
Ft. Donelson; Tennessee
Stone's River; Tennessee
Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Stanton Partners Inc.
Lathrop & Gage
Salmagundi Club, NY, New York
The Portrait Society of America
Oil Painters of America
Locally: artCentral and Spiva Center for the Arts
Octobers: Triple Creek Resort; Darby, Montana
Married to Dina who is also his business partner.
They have six children and nine grandchildren.
Full Name: Andrew Thomas
Birthdate: September 6, 1957
Residence: Carthage, Missouri
BS Marketing Management, Missouri Southern State University – 1981
Magna Cum Laude
Primarily self-taught in art
Richard Schmid painting workshop – Scottsdale, AZ
Charles Dana Gibson
Styles: Realism that ranges from very loose to very tight
Techniques: I probably use them all.
Medium: Oil primarily. Also watercolor, pen & ink, charcoal, pencil, ink wash and sculpture.
Subject: All subjects – I don’t limit myself to one subject or style.
Statement of purpose:
"I always remember why I do paintings or drawings when I see great work I admire and my stomach swirls. I suppose my desire to create is funneled into the area I most admire... painting realism."
Periodicals/ Books where art has been featured:
Western Art Collector, Art of the West, International Artist Magazine, Coast to Coast, True West, America’s Civil War
Many historical images have been used in books and as book covers including the Siege of Vicksburg, Wild Bill Hickok – Gunfighter, Civil War in the Ozarks, CW in Indian Territory,
CW in Texas and New Mexico. How Did You Paint That? More recently Saratoga.
Movie & documenary inclusions:
Halloween II (Grand ol' Gang), Superman (Storyteller) See Image Usage for even more!
The Artful Journey 2003
The West in Action 2012
Many since 1991 but a few recent ones are:
Scottsdale Art Auction
Coeur d'Alene Art Auction
Settlers West Show
Quest for the West
Charles M. Russell Show & Auction (Best of Show)
Salon International Show
International Masters of Fine Art
2004 Portrait Society of America (Top 10 finalist)
Want to know where to buy Originals?
Cherry's Custom Framing, Carthage, MO
Coeur d'Alene Art Auction
THE RUSSELL Art Auction
March in Montana