Thom Glace In Store Painting Event
DATE: December 8th-9th & 15th-16th 2018
LOCATION: TCO Outdoors - Boiling Springs, PA
TIME: 10am - 5pm
Thom Glace will be painting at the TCO Outdoors store in Boiling Springs on the weekends of Dec 8th - 9th and 15th - 16th. He will be working a new watercolor painting and will have numerous prints and originals for sale. We will be providing hot cider along with other refreshments and yuletide cheer.
College: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. BA in Journalism 1974
Major Artistic Influences:
Archibald Thorburn- Scottish Watercolorist of the early 1900’s
Phil Bean –Contemporary Landscape Artist from New Hampshire.
Georges Seurat- Pointillism
While Thom Glace is a native of Central Pennsylvania, he took a long path finding his way back to the Harrisburg area. He and his wife lived in various locations, including North Carolina, New Hampshire, St. Croix USVI and The Netherlands. After college, he worked in a publishing firm, a newspaper and 2 advertising firms, including his own in Greensboro, NC. While managing a firm in the Virgin Islands, he also taught college at the University of the Virgin Islands and wrote a couple of Television shows in the Caribbean region. He was also employed by a major electronics components company in marketing & sales- with assignments in The Netherlands and saw over 50 countries while in International Marketing for them.
Twelve years ago, Thom had a Catastrophic Heart Attack, and was forced to retire on disability. He took up watercolors, to have a little hobby. Since then, his art has taken off. Specializing in Watercolor Studies of fish, dragonflies and birds, he is now in galleries and shops in Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina Outer Banks, Gettysburg, Boiling Springs, New Cumberland, Millhiem and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
He has participated in art shows and exhibitions throughout New England, Texas, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, New York City, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He has been featured artist in Harrisburg Magazine, Montana Trout Magazine, Southern Trout Magazine, Fly Life Magazine, Fly Dreamers, Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, MidCurrent Publications, Virginia Wildlife Magazine and was 2016 Artist of the year for Tenkara USA Magazine. Thom was named the Festival Artist for the 2014 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival. In 2016 and 2017 Thom Glace was the Festival Artist for the Cape Lookout Albacore & Redfish Festival in Moorehead City, NC.
Thom has become very involved with donating his time and artwork to charities. He feels he should not waste his second chance with life and should contribute what he can. In that vein he has build a special relationship with Project: Healing Waters that supports wounded veterans and also with an organization supporting breast cancer survivors- Casting for Recovery- he has donated framed originals and prints and usage of images on various products. His other activity is no surprise- Trout Unlimited. His local chapter presented him with the President’s Award for raising funds through his art donations. This part of his growth as a watercolor artist has been his greatest reward.
When asked why he has specialized in transparent watercolor studies of fish and dragonfly species, Thom Glace answers with “my love of nature, especially the world found underwater. It comes from a father who loved snorkeling and took our family to island vacations where I discovered the beauty of the underwater creatures. I was SCUBA diving before I was a teenager! And when my wife gave me an Orvis Fly Fishing lesson as a present, it changed my life- and his love of trout & salmon grew like Kudzu!
His style of painting is what he has labeled a Biological Study Format- showing a species by itself in all its glory. While he started with local species, he has expanded to paint everything from the Peacock Bass of the Amazon, the Marble Trout of Slovenia to the Masu (Cherry) Salmon of Japan. After many of these fish studies, he branched out to dragonfly studies, where he found the challenge of the delicate features of insect anatomy. Especially in the various wing patterns. He has started to paint the mayfly and stonefly insects. Once in a while he breaks away to paint an Assateague Island wild horse- or a Megalith in Ireland or Wales. He has starting to branch out into songbirds and shore birds. His painting style is with transparent watercolor, almost 100% drybrush on Watercolor Board. While this method has absolutely no forgiveness- one mistake or blotch means staring over again.
All of this in the last 12 years, when he was looking for a reason to get out of bed after his catastrophic heart attack with a ‘non-destructive’ hobby. It has since taken off on a life of its own where he now works out of his studio and provides work to galleries throughout the country and commissions to customers around the world. He has created a wonderful network of contacts from all over the world that providing him with reference photos and material of various species he wants to paint. They are from Japan to Slovenia, Montana to the Pyrenees to Ontario. Plus, they give him the encouragement to continue. One very special relationship is with two entomologists from Texas A & M who have provided him with reference photos of dragonfly species.
But after all this- the main reason he paints a cutthroat or Kokanee salmon is ‘they are just so darn pretty- I have no choice.’