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Born: 1958-01-19
Profession: Artist
Nation: American
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I love audio books, and when I paint I'm always listening to a book. I find that my imagination really takes flight in the painting process when I'm listening to audio books.

Tags: Book, Books, Love

I think the art world... is a very small pond, and it's a very inbred pond. They rely on information from an elect elite sect of galleries, primarily in New York.

Tags: Art, Small, York

I've had so much positive reaction and emotional fulfillment from the creation of my art and sharing it with everyday people that I never paid too much attention to the opinion of critics.

Tags: Art, Emotional, Positive

The disintegration of the culture starts with the artist. I'm on a crusade to turn the tide in the arts, to restore dignity to the arts and, by extension, to the culture.

Tags: Artist, Culture, Turn

The No. 1 quote critics give me is, 'Thom, your work is irrelevant.' Now, that's a fascinating, fascinating comment. Yes, irrelevant to the little subculture, this microculture, of modern art. But here's the point: My art is relevant because it's relevant to 10 million people. That makes me the most relevant artist in this culture.

Tags: Art, Give, Work

The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business.

Tags: Business, Challenge, Getting

What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is, 'Slow it down and enjoy every moment.'

Tags: Family, Home, Life

You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values. It's just a matter of light battling the darkness. But the light wins every time. You can't throw enough darkness on light to put it out.

Tags: Enough, Spiritual, Time

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.

Tags: Life, Peace, Successful

I'm working on a snow scene right now, and it's summer. It's hot, and I will get chilly. I'll have to turn on the heat. My wife walks in, and it's 95 degrees in the studio. I know it's nutty, but it's a projection you have where you step into the painting.

Tags: Snow, Wife, Working

Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.'

Tags: Daily, Someone, Time

A piece of art is a compact form of the universe.

Tags: Art, Piece, Universe

A still image attracts the viewer with an overall impact, then reveals smaller details upon further study.

Tags: Image, Impact, Study

Art is forever.

Tags: Art, Forever

Art transcends cultural boundaries.

Tags: Art, Boundaries, Cultural

Each of us is a small part of God's plan. I'm a small part. I create paintings that are being used by God.

Tags: God, Small, Used

Every painting I do blends time frames. The great thing about being an artist is I can make the past join the present in some reality of the future.

Tags: Future, Great, Time

High culture is paranoid about sentiment. But human beings are intensely sentimental.

Tags: Culture, High, Human

I grew up in a broken home. My dad was out of the home when I was five years old. I never knew him very well.

Tags: Dad, Him, Home

I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney. In that I really like to make people happy.

Tags: Common, Happy, Matter

I try to embrace people with love, unconditional love, like Christ did.

Tags: Christ, Love, Try

I've always been drawn to artists who paint for the everyday person. I love the American illustrators.

Tags: American, Everyday, Love

I've never been at odds with the world of contemporary artists. If there is any animosity, it's one-sided.

Tags: Animosity, Artists, Odds

It is easy to have a lot of paintings or projects hanging around that are 'almost done.'

Tags: Almost, Done, Easy

Literature is the stringing together of pictures in words.

Tags: Pictures, Together, Words

My brother and I always had jobs and worked from a young age.

Tags: Age, Brother, Young
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My paintings always feature trails that dissolve into mysterious areas, patches of light that lead the eye around corners, pathways, open gates, etc.

Tags: Eye, Light, Open

My whole life was absorbed with my art. I was known by my schoolmates as the kid who could draw.

Tags: Art, Life, Whole

The concept that an artist would be revered by popular culture is an immediate dismissal of his relevance as an artist.

Tags: Artist, Culture, Popular

The whole Modernist lie is that art is about the artist.

Tags: Art, Lie, Whole

This world is very dark, but in Heaven there is no darkness.

Tags: Dark, Darkness, Heaven

A painting has a lot of advantages over other forms of communication. Unlike a movie, you don't have to put it into a machine and turn it on. It's just there every day. It's not limited by the element of time. It's a constant part of the home.

Tags: Home, Put, Time

I began my career creating art for an animated feature film, and it has been a life-long dream to tell some of the story of my own life - the story behind my art - through the medium of motion pictures.

Tags: Art, Career, Life
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