was born in Waterford. His early artistic life was as a master craftsman (glasscutting) with Waterford Crystal. He won a scholarship to the National College of Art & Design, graduating with 1st class honours in 1973. He lives in Crossabeg, Wexford (his adopted county of thirty years) and is heavily involved in the artistic and musical life of the area and is a founder member of Wexford Arts Centre. His career includes being a teacher of Art and Design with Wexford County V.E.C., a lecturer at the Art Department of Waterford Institute of Technology and a lecturer at the National College of Art and Design.
Thomas is well known for his work in picture and sculpture restoration, he worked on restoration projects in the National Gallery of Ireland, as well as advising and assisting on various restoration and conservation problems throughout the country. He has exhibited his glass sculpture and engraving in New York, London and twice at Wexford Festival while he has exhibited as a painter in Dublin, Waterford and Wexford.
"Light has always fascinated me, be it that of a bright summer's day or a dreary wet afternoon. It has the power to create and affect mood and is a big factor in our everyday feelings. In my paintings I use a range of objects and situations to express a sense of my personal reactions to these changing qualities. The high skies of Wexford create a particular and peculiar light which is always a challenge and an inspiration."
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