Motte Thomas ~ Fine Artist

Motte Thomas – Artist b:1956 –

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand better.”  Albert Einstein
My ideas are inspired by the natural energy that I feel flows throughout our world and relatively connects us to everything else in the universe. Much like the insistent rushing of a mountain stream navigating around boulders and over the falls, the silent rise and fall of tides in coastal marshlands, the pull of the moon and the planets, the swirl of the galaxies, energies that are intertwined and woven together in much the same manner as my art is composed.
My  expressions of these ideas are created through the of use encaustic wax and oil mediums. My layers of gently woven strokes are built upon each other in an almost clockwork-like precision using many layers of translucent colors, deep textures, built upon cosmic smoke-like gravitational swirls, familiar organic forms and  anthropomorphic shapes often observed in nature itself. I am attempting to create a balanced symphony through a thoughtful blending of colors, shapes, and forms which result in a three dimensional abstract effect. It is my intention to create an artistic expression of a dream-like surreal quality and subconscious reflection of these worldly and cosmic influences. ~ Motte Thomas

2014  “Rare Occurrence” Encaustic Wax and Oil Paint on Canvas, 15 x 24 Inches


2010 “End Of The Day” Encaustic Oil Crayon on Arches paper, 14 x 16 inches

2014 “Cosmic Wave” Encaustic Wax and Oil Paint on Canvas, 30 x 40 inches


2014, “Distant Relatives” Encaustic Crayon on Arches paper, 20 x 30 inches

2014 ” Atomic Debauchery” Encaustic Wax and Oil Paint on Canvas, 30 x 40 inches


2014 “Hidden Meaning” Encaustic Oil Crayon on Arches paper, 20 x 30 inches


Out Of The Blue
Art Network Atlanta, Ga

The sticky-shiny colors of Motte Thomas’ encaustics provokes thoughts of the paintings jumping off the canvas and assaulting the viewer. Thomas’ short, overlapping strokes integrate without blending. Each swatch of paint relates to its immediate neighbors, but the individual strokes are easily distinguishable.

With all this apparently effortless integration of strokes, the few areas of smoother brushwork seem almost uneasy. Otherworldly figures, sometimes grotesque abstractions of human and alien forms, seem to play all-too-familiar roles of everyday life that defy their non-human appearance. The viewer witnesses the interaction of the meek, the vicious, the good, the innocent but self serving and the undeserving  wielders of power.

-Aaron Knight (reprinted from ArtWords)