An accomplished artist, Barry Thomas' talents have nurtured a diverse career. Before demand for his fine art made it impossible, Thomas was an acclaimed illustrator and commercial artist. Just one year after receiving his fine arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Barry was chosen for the Society of Illustration Hallmark Award. That same year he was honored with an award from The Society of Illustration of New York City. In college, Barry pursued many interests. At the University of Arkansas, he joined the Razorback football team. At six-foot plus, Barry played defensive end for famous coach, Lou Holtz. And even though it meant losing an exceptional player, Coach Holtz helped convince Barry to follow his dream of becoming an artist. As the audience for his fine art increased, Barry was able to turn his focus to creating his majestic paintings. Sensitive and breathtaking, his work is created using only the colors of Monet's palette. Like Monet, Barry excludes browns and blacks from all his work. The result is bright, enlightened canvases that reflect only the purest hues and colors. From Beaver Creek, Colorado to Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas; to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Park City, Utah and Seaside Florida; collectors can discover Barry\'s exceptional art at numerous galleries. And many have, including President Bill Clinton. It could be argued that Barry's tender, vivid and energizing style comes from his studies. That working with and under the tutelage of artists such as Howard Terpning, Gary Carter and William Reese helped Barry hone his unique skills of catching the beauty of the everyday. However, Barry would say that many times his inspiration comes from his wife, Piper, and their children Kendall, Hannah and Denton. The subject of many of his paintings, Barry's family is all he needs to create some of his most magnificent work.