About the Juror:
JERRY THOMAS is a noted award-winning impressionist artist, illustrator, instructor, author, lecturer, conservator, demonstrator and art critic. His career covers more than 50 years. His education is in the liberal arts but he is entirely self-trained in the fine arts. Jerry paints and draws in a wide variety of styles with an emphasis on color and impressionism. He was born in the Missouri Ozarks and now resides in St. Louis County, Missouri, where he maintains his studio. Jerry has exhibited in over 110 personal exhibitions and 35 sponsored shows, and is represented in a great number of fine art collections (corporate, gallery and individual) on five continents.
His work has been presented in general audience before Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. He created the largest collection of paintings and drawings (315 pieces) of the Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaw’s Garden) ever done by an individual artist. He developed many works to raise funds for historic preservation projects, endangered species and other charity causes. Jerry was honored as “Artist Laureate of the Year” by the Saint Louis Watercolor Society.
Jerry Thomas has served as President of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and worked with many other arts organizations in the St. Louis region. He maintains an intense schedule of shows, seminars, classes, demonstrations, critiques and lectures. This accomplished artist is also quite expert in restoration and cleaning of paintings and prints. Much in demand, he writes instruction manuals and articles for publication.