Everyone watches the sun set on the ocean. I have been there too, but what caught my attention this evening was the intense sky rolling in over the dark, still sea. The bottom left of the sky was infused with the softest sunlight; but off to the right, an immense storm was broiling. My intent was to capture the many personalities of the sky and water before the day turned to night.

This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang. 

- Benjamin Thomas

Thunder Maker

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

34" h x 55" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 8 oz.



Benjamin Thomas
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Getting to Know Benjamin

Benjamin Thomas has been painting since the late seventies, however for most of this time he was not exhibiting his work. About twelve years ago, Benjamin and his wife were at a gallery show for a friend and as they were leaving Ben’s wife, aka “The Muse,” told him to go back in. “Your work is as good as that--maybe even better,” she said. That night, Benjamin obeyed The Muse (lucky for us!). The impressionistic sweeps of sky and cloud in Benjamin’s paintings capture more than just an atmospheric quality, but also a heavenly interpretation of the landscape. There is a classical, mature style to the paintings, reminiscent of J.M.W. Turner. Benjamin is often inspired while bicycling, walking or motorcycling, taking in the scenery of Pittsburgh, PA. He takes photos of the scene and then works out the concept back in his studio. The large scale of the work matches the impression and mood that each scene conveys, and the light and shadow are carefully balanced to capture something mercurial and nostalgic. The work feels very measured and contemplated, but also full of passion, as if each piece is in pursuit of the joy of painting and the representation of natural beauty.