Thomas John Carlson

4th street festival
October 5, 2009, 8:11 pm
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As Festival Designer of the 6th annual 4th Street Art and Music Festival this year. I made 2 murals.  The one above in house paint on Canvas and it is 4.5 feet by 48 feet.  The one below is 9 feet by 28 feet and is the backdrop for the main stage.. my apologies for the wrinkles in the canvas on the on the bottom.( CLICK THEM FOR THEIR FULL EFFECT )




In Memory of Frank Mason
July 11, 2009, 6:25 pm
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I studied with Frank Mason for very briefly during the summer and fall of 2004. A month long work shop in Vermont and a couple months at the Arts Students League in New York City.  I felt incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him and learn from him.  He was a ball of passion and he was incredibly excited about painting and the art of teaching.  When I first met him, I instantly attached him in my mind to other great art educators: Robert Beverly Hale and Robert Henri.  The way that he spoke of art was like reading Delacroix’s journal.  He taught at the art students league for over 50 years. The Order of Malta gave him the Cross of Merit, Prima Classe. He became the first painter to receive the honor since Caravaggio.  He received it for doing 8 large paintings that were installed in the 11th Century Church of San Giovanni de Malta in Venice.

He truly lived a successful life.

I included a few of his works as well as 2 former students of his…. which I also consider to have impacted my art education and who I proudly call friends.




Frank Mason
b. 1921 d. 2009 Cleveland, Ohio




Joseph Sulkowski
lives and works in Nashville, TN

Montana Still Life in Morning Light



Nicholas Oberling
Lives and works in Montana.

Francis Bacon, Metropolitan Museum
June 21, 2009, 7:52 pm
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First Blog
May 30, 2009, 5:24 pm
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I have kept an art website up for the last 10 years, I’ve never kept a process/inspiration blog though. So I’m going to attempt to do it. I’m not much of a writer, so I will probably just post a bunch of images.. Things that I’m finding online, pictures that I’m taking, events Im attending and my own drawings and small paintings.
(image by Eugene Delacroix)