I have found that while doing a painting outdoors I am immersed in the moment. What I mean is that later when I look at the painting I can remember all the things that went on as I painted, the weather, the birds singing, a small animal moving through the scene, people who have stopped to talk to me. The memories are all part of the painting.
Thomas Buchs attended Layton School of Art and became an Illustrator, creating artwork for many national and local companies over a 42 year career. During summers he exhibited at Art Fairs, and also did Pastel Portraits.
Recently he has concentrated on Plein Air Painting (painting from life outdoors). Much of his current work is representative of this discipline. He tries to capture the light and atmosphere of a scene within a few hours. he believes that a painting is not just a two dimensional illusion, but also that of a moment in life, captured by an artist on canvas.
Thomas is a founding member of Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association. The WIPAPA has been established as a state wide fellowship of artists dedicated to promoting and practicing the traditional discipline of Plein Air painting. Members seek to honestly interpret the natural and man-made beauty and diversity of Wisconsin's landscapes and culture. They strive to enhance member's skills and reputations by providing regular opportunities to paint outdoors together, and to critique each other's work and share their expertise with fellow artists, in order to maintain the highest standards of the Plein Air painting tradition.
Select Plein Air Painting Awards
3rd place in Quick Paint - 2008 Downer Street Event 1st place in Quick Paint - 2008 Mid-Summer Brush 1st place in Quick Paint - 2009 Mid-Summer Brush Honorable Mention at IPAPA First Brush of Spring 2009 1st place in Painting - 2010 Wauwatosa, WI Plein Air and Village Affair 3rd place in Dockside Quick Paint 2010 Door County Plein Air Festival 3rd place in Oil at the 2011 IPAPA First Brush of Spring 2nd place - 2012 Richfield Historical Society Art at the Mill- Plein Air Event 2nd Artist Choice Award - 2013 Cedarburg, WI Plein Air Event 1st place - 2013 Richfield Historical Society Art at the Mill- Plein Air Event 1st place - 2013 Historic Third Ward Milwaukee Plein Air Event People's Choice at 2013 New Berlin, WI Plein Air Event Merit Award at 2014 IPAPA First Brush of Spring Best of Show and People's Choice at Paint the Point Plein Air Event - Mineral Point, WI 1st place at 2014 New Berlin, WI Plein Air Event Shorewood Historical Society Award and People's Choice at 2014 Shorewood, WI Plein Air Event 2nd place-2014-Theodore Robinson Plain Air Event
Juried Art Exhibitions
Waukesha Art Fair - 2008 -2009-2011 Firefly Art Festival - 2008-2009-2012-2013 Milwaukee Domes Art Festival - 2010-2011-2012-2013 Hidden River Art Festival -2010-2011-2012-2013 Plymouth Art Fair -2010-2011 The Little Show-Cedarburg -2011 Stevens Point Art Festival-2012-2013 Richfield Historical Society Art at the Mill- 2013 2014 National Oil and Acrylic Painters "Best of America" Show
Art Exhibition Awards
Honorable Mention - 2008 Waukesha, WI Art Fair Best of Show - 2010 Plymouth Art Fair First Place - 2011 Plymouth Art Fair First Place - WIPAPA Annual Show 2010 Third Place - WIPAPA Annual Show 2012 Certificate of Excellence - 2013 Stevens Point Art Festival Best of Show - 2013 Kenosha Art Fair 4 Time - Favorite 15% BoldBrush online Competition First Place -"Point of Color: The Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association Juried Show," at the Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI 2nd Place- 2015 "En Plein Air" Exhibit, The Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, FL