Vicki Thomas

Artist Info My joy in painting, whether in watercolor or acrylic, comes from an inner need to create beauty and to share it with others. I try to capture the essence found in nature, and yet say it with a more compelling voice.

My favorite subjects are vividly painted flowers and floral still-life. Many appear on various giftware items such as teapots, tea infusers, tapestries, and music boxes. My extensive inventory also includes prints and cards.
I especially enjoy painting children at play and women. On Fridays, I paint from a model at Gertrude Schoolhouse, Ahwahnee, with other Yosemite Western Artists (YWA). My experience in drawing people comes from my many years as a fashion illustrator when I had my own art business in Los Angeles.
I’ve enjoyed teaching art and watercolor classes to both children and adults in LA for 15 years. After I moved to the Sierra Mountains area, I taught at the elementary/middle school and the Parks & Recreation Summer Program in Mariposa, as well as teens in the Oakhurst Library Summer Art Program. I recognize the importance of art in a young person’s learning development and art appreciation.
For several decades, I’ve exhibited at numerous galleries and art shows, as well as art competition, where I’ve received awards in juried and open art events. Presently, I’m represented at the Ridgeline Gallery, Mariposa and the Mariposa County Arts Council: Treetop Gallery; Madera County Arts Council at Circle Gallery.

Vicki is also a young adult fantasy writer whose second book in the Relics series, The Golden Lantern, will be released the end of February, 2019



Preferred Media: painting, sketch