I aim to create artwork that encompasses our contemporary viewpoint and our essential human nature within the tradition of realism. My interest is in revealing the essence of the image to invite the viewer to enter an awareness usually obscured in the busyness of everyday life. I believe that everyone has sacred precincts where their important emotions live, and I try to make paintings that allow people to recognize them in themselves. Being visual, those places have a meaning beyond words.
Thomas Wharton’s paintings have won many awards, including The Georgie Read Barton Award, The Katlin Seascape Award, the Windsor Newton Award, and the Richard C. Pionk Memorial Award for Painting. In addition, he has also been awarded honors in the RayMar Art Competition and juried member competitions by The Portrait Society of America. He has studied drawing and painting with many of the leading realist painters working today, including Nelson Shanks, Alyssa Monks, David Kassan, Daniel Sprick, Steven Assael, T. Allen Lawsen, and Burton Silverman. In addition to fine art, he has maintained a long successful career in New York as a designer, illustrator, art director, and children’s book author and illustrator. He is also an accomplished pianist and holds a Masters degree in music. He now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his work can be found in private collections throughout the United States.