STATEMENT 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.
BIOGRAPHY 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.