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" My paintings always feature trails that dissolve into mysterious areas, patches of light that lead the eye around corners, pathways, open gates, etc. "
" It is easy to have a lot of paintings or projects hanging around that are 'almost done.' "
" What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is, 'Slow it down and enjoy every moment.' "
" I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney. In that I really like to make people happy. "
" I think the art world... is a very small pond, and it's a very inbred pond. They rely on information from an elect elite sect of galleries, primarily in New York. "
" The concept that an artist would be revered by popular culture is an immediate dismissal of his relevance as an artist. "
" Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. "
" High culture is paranoid about sentiment. But human beings are intensely sentimental. "
" The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business. "
" Literature is the stringing together of pictures in words. "
" I began my career creating art for an animated feature film, and it has been a life-long dream to tell some of the story of my own life - the story behind my art - through the medium of motion pictures. "
" I've never been at odds with the world of contemporary artists. If there is any animosity, it's one-sided. "
" I've always been drawn to artists who paint for the everyday person. I love the American illustrators. "
" Each of us is a small part of God's plan. I'm a small part. I create paintings that are being used by God. "
" I love audio books, and when I paint I'm always listening to a book. I find that my imagination really takes flight in the painting process when I'm listening to audio books. "
" The No. 1 quote critics give me is, 'Thom, your work is irrelevant.' Now, that's a fascinating, fascinating comment. Yes, irrelevant to the little subculture, this microculture, of modern art. But here's the point: My art is relevant because it's relevant to 10 million people. That makes me the most relevant artist in this culture. "
" The whole Modernist lie is that art is about the artist. "
" Rather than set aside daily time for prayer, I pray constantly and spontaneously about everything I encounter on a daily basis. When someone shares something with me, I'll often simply say, 'let's pray about this right now.' "
" A still image attracts the viewer with an overall impact, then reveals smaller details upon further study. "
" I grew up in a broken home. My dad was out of the home when I was five years old. I never knew him very well. "
" Art is forever. "
" You have to expect spiritual warfare whenever you stand up for righteousness or call attention to basic values. It's just a matter of light battling the darkness. But the light wins every time. You can't throw enough darkness on light to put it out. "
" A painting has a lot of advantages over other forms of communication. Unlike a movie, you don't have to put it into a machine and turn it on. It's just there every day. It's not limited by the element of time. It's a constant part of the home. "
" My brother and I always had jobs and worked from a young age. "
" I'm working on a snow scene right now, and it's summer. It's hot, and I will get chilly. I'll have to turn on the heat. My wife walks in, and it's 95 degrees in the studio. I know it's nutty, but it's a projection you have where you step into the painting. "