It is a rare and wonderful gift to be able to create beauty that people take into their homes, where it enriches their lives. The graceful, luminous "romantiscapes" of Thomas McLauchlin do just that, as they evoke the Impressionist styles of Vincent Van Gogh and Auguste Renoir, two masters whom McLauchlin admires tremendously and who influenced his style.
The artist behind these remarkable paintings was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. His art education began when he responded to the legendary matchbook cover challenge of the Famous Artist School: "Can You Draw Me?" Indeed, it seemed, young Thomas could. After completing this postal rite of passage, he won a scholarship to the College of William and Mary, which he followed with studies at the prestigious Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University.
In the succeeding years, as a commercial artist, advertising art director and creative director, McLauchlin garnered innumerable professional awards and has seen his work showcased on posters, album covers and books.
McLauchlin has studied under such notable talents as Charles Sybley, Joe Bowler, Mark English, Bernie Fuchs and Baron Storey. The masters who have influenced his work include not only Van Gogh and Renoir but also Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, and Joaquin Sorolla.