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Works by Florence Thomas

“I wanted to learn to paint so much that I would have endured about anything. You go down the road and you see something and you pass it every day and finally you just have to paint it. I just have the urge to create something and I just can’t give it up. It’s part of my life. I can’t think of living if I don’t paint.” – Florence Thomas

Born in Ashe County in 1909, Florence Thomas grew up in a world difficult to visualize today. With no electricity, few roads and no means of travel except walking or horses.  Small communities, each with its own church, country store, and school, were essential.  Florence’s parents made their living from the land, but they valued education for their eight children above all.  Florence had her first exposure to painting in high school. She and a classmate made copies of paintings on scraps of canvas which they sold for two dollars apiece. She had found her passion and pursued it for the rest of her life, though the road was never easy…

 

 

Midday Sun on the New River

“That’s somewhere near Creston,  And the sun was hot that day.  I was painting for that show- The New River- we were having at the Arts Council.  I thought that barn was interesting. One thing, I never like to take commission, or have someone tell me to go and paint...

Daisy and Peaches Still Life

  Florence Thomas painted many still lifes during her lifetime.  This small 16"x20" painting features some common daisies, peaches, and a metal milk can.  These are items that would have been at hand around Florence's farm in Ashe County during the summer in the...

Creston Methodist Church

"I always thought that steeple looked like an old castle, and I always wanted to paint it.  I did that one totally on location.  Rode up there one summer day.  I may have touched it up a little, after I got it home, I'm not sure.  But I went up there and sketched it...

Hercules

Did you know that Florence Thomas attended the School of Design in Philadelphia in the 1930s? Her education was cut short by illness, but while she was able to take the fundamental courses that make up the base for anyone pursuing art at a university.  She describes...

Eggs in a Sack

"I just tore my paper bag open, put three eggs in there, and I worked awfully hard on that. (The background is nearly the same value as the bag.) I did that for harmony, to harmonize. (The complementary color idea is very subtle.) Yes, and if you look at the Wyeth...