2017 Featured Artist - Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry

Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas is a self-taught painter of historical and western narratives. His work has been exhibited at the finest art shows and auctions including the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, The Quest for the West, The Russell and March in Montana.

His western work is noted for the use of strong storytelling, action and characters. Most major works have an accompanying story written by the artist. Thomas has completed 29 major paintings for the National Park Civil War Battlefields in Fort Donelson and Stones River, Tennessee and Pea Ridge, Arkansas. He has also depicted many more Civil War works primarily of the Trans- Mississippi theatre. In 2015, the Gilcrease Museum inducted Thomas into the Rendezvous Hall of Fame and he had the honor of displaying his artwork at the museum. He also holds the honor being 2014 inaugural member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists at the CM Russell Museum in Montana.

His historical paintings are often used for book covers, magazine articles, historical textbooks and documentary films. He has published two books of his artwork; The Artful Journey and The West in Action. Paintings of U.S. Presidents playing poker; Grand ol’ Gang and True Blues have been extremely popular for Thomas as well as westerns such as American Storyteller, Bad Whiskey and Wyatt Earp in Hollywood among others. Prior to 1991 Thomas was a staff Vice President of Marketing Services for Leggett and Platt, Inc. He and his wife/manager Dina have made their sole income from art since 1991 while they raised their family of six children. They live in Carthage, Missouri and are honored to be part of the world of art in America.