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Andy Thomas, Artist

Many call Andy Thomas the 'Storyteller' and if you have ever had a chance to view his work you just might agree. He tells many stories with his action filled western art and is bringing the cowboys back to life. In the past, Andy has painted many subjects from American History, a picnic by the river, kids playing sports to a brutal bear fight. All of his paintings end up telling you, the viewer some kind of story of our lives. You just never know what he will present to you next.

Auction Titles Proudly Held

2008 CM Russell Auction; Great Falls, MT; The highest auction price for any piece of art other than a piece by Charlie Russell himself.
2010 CM Russell Art Auction and THE RUSSELL Auction; Great Falls, MT; The highest auction price of any art piece, including deceased artists work in both auctions on March 20, 2010.

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.  

General Information

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

Hometown Bank 

Koch Collection

Healthpoint Limited 

 Art Organizations

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.

General Stats

Full Name: Andrew Thomas
Nickname: Andy

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

Artistic Influences:

Charlie Russell
Richard Schmid
Frederick Remington
Norman Rockwell
Charles Dana Gibson
Bob Tommey
Howard Pyle

Styles: Realism that ranges from very loose to very tight

Techniques: I probably use them all.

Discipline: Painting

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!

Self-published books:

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
March in Montana

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