Thomas Kegler’s growing volume of work, considered to be among the most influential of our time, embodies a confident humility obtained from a life spent outdoors.
An internationally recognized artist, Thomas is a self-taught realist painter and accomplished educational film producer. He is also a renowned art educator and champion of future artists, young and old. The wilds of New York State and a close-knit family of designers and entrepreneurs shaped his early love of art and the outdoors. Fly fishing and guiding in Alaska’s backcountry cemented his pursuit of a life path illuminated by sunlight more often than lamplight. The grandeur of the American West has proven to be an insatiable muse for the past several years.
His work draws on the techniques and sensibilities of the Hudson River school, Tonalism and Lumanism movements of the mid-1800's. Each piece celebrates the grandeur and mystery of God's creation through careful attention to often-overlooked subtleties.
Thomas is recognized as a top artist among many national organizations and has been featured in numerous publications. His work is showcased in galleries, collections, and publications worldwide. Thomas lives in Western New York with his children.
Poetry of Place
I paint traditionally—mirroring a time when academic training and processes were embraced and nurtured. Through my work, I strive to bring an awareness and respect for God’s creations and their temporal qualities. My paintings are a “devotional” of hand, head and heart. Experiences of the sublime are what I am called to paint…the materials, technique and subject are the vehicle. The many hours and days spent interacting with my subjects have opened my eyes to subtleties such as intricate color and value shifts, and beauty in the overlooked. The sounds, smells, and tactile qualities that I experience while in field cannot help but be infused in the work. I strive to impart a universal quality in my paintings that makes the viewer feel he has been there and can relate to the image.
An Artist’s prayer:
“Lord, may the Holy Spirit paint through my hands. May the work I create humbly point upwards and give glory to you alone. Soli Deo Gloria”
"With Humility comes Wisdom” –Proverbs 11:2