Widely acclaimed for his plein air compositions of the Grand Canyon of Arizona, The Grand Tetons of Wyoming and Wasatch Mountains near his home, Karl Thomas acknowledges the influences of Inness, Sargent, Bierstadt and Moran on what he describes as his own style of “realistic impressionism.”

Early inspiration at his fathers easel led to art studies at Brigham Young University, where he graduated in 1982, and the Los Angeles Art Center. Karl Thomas is represented by major galleries from California to New York and has been included in the Collectors Sale in Dallas and the American Art Classic and Texas Renaissance Sale in Houston. He was featured in the January/February 1990 issue of Art of the West and was selected in the top 100 artists in the Arts for the Parks Exhibition in 1995.

Thomas creates scenes that are both exciting and fresh, as they often capture the first impression of what the artist has seen. It's easy to see when viewing a Karl Thomas painting that he has been magnetized by his subject. His paintings have a special quality that portray the crispness of the air and the movement of the sun in a landscape.


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Karl and his wife, Renee Thomas, at the Hyatt Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. Behind them is the 60" x 200" painting "Coral Peak".