Now On Display

Learn more about the artist currently featured in our gallery!

WALT THOMAS

Optillusion

On display for September and October. Come meet the artist in person at the Minden Opera House Gallery Reception on September 15th 5:00-7:00 pm.

Refreshments will be provided. Event is FREE and open to the public.

Artist’s Biography

“Change is in the Air”

Growing up on a farm in Chase county Nebraska gave me an appreciation of nature, and wide-open spaces.

My art career began in kindergarten where my teachers gave me extra art assignments. After high school I enrolled in Kearney State College where one of my art professors began selling my paintings for me to another professor who shared his office. Others began to buy my work and I’ve been selling it ever since. Wanting more art training I transferred to the University of Denver where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

I have created and sold art all over the world. I have been practicing for over 50 yrs. to make a subtle, sublime and perfect picture for you. I believe the beauty of art must be subtle. Any great art has something new and different for you to discover in it each time you give it your full attention. Fine Art does not command our attention; it humbly offers us the opportunity to discover a beautiful harmony of nature with a little influence from a humble artist. I hope you find what you desire in my work. My paintings and Optillusions (an art technique that I developed in 2005) appear to change as you view them from different angles. The only moving part is you.

My photographic career began when, as Art Director of “Nashville Magazine” I was not getting what I wanted from our freelance photographers. So, I bought a camera and went to one of the best photographers in town, Joe Bomar, and asked him to teach me how to use it. I’ve been taking professional photographs ever since.

Organizations I have been a member of include: Southwestern Artists’ Assoc., U U Art Guild, Digital Art Guild, Photoshop Users, and San Diego County Art Mart Assoc., San Diego Art Institute, Associated Fine Artists (VP Publicity), Shelter Island Art Assoc., Pueblo Art Guild (Board Member), Pueblo Art Council, (Charter, Board Member), Colorado Springs Art Guild, (President & 1st Vice President), and Foothills Art Center.