“There’s as much beauty in a dead tree as in a live one.” Thomas Kegler’s
observation, shared in a Drawing cover story, embodies the confident humility
that has influenced his growing volume of work, considered to be among the
most influential of our time.
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.
His work draws on the Masters’ approach to canvas, plein air techniques,
and a deep Catholic faith. Each piece celebrates creation’s grandeur and
mystery through careful attention to often-overlooked subtleties.
Thomas is recognized as an Associate Living Master by the Art Renewal
Center; a Master Roycroft Artisan; member of the NYC Salmagundi Club;
Painting Instructor for the Grand Central Atelier in New York City; and Senior
Fellow with the Hudson River Fellowship. His work is showcased in galleries,
collections, and publications worldwide, including Plein Air Magazine and the
American Arts Quarterly. He lives in Western New York with his children.