Jean W. Thomas
Lake Oswego, Oregon

Jean W. Thomas takes a colorful, dynamic approach to her subjects. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon where rivers, bridges, vineyards and more inspire her to paint. Always searching for intriguing subject matter, one of her pieces was inspired by an onsite painting excursion to a power plant! The Impressionist style greatly influences her work and she especially pays attention to light.

Artist and Customer Comments

Frank 12/30/2016 | 7:42 AM

Hi Jean- just received your painting "The Fires of Summer" and it was all I had hoped for. I could almost feel the heat flowing from the painting and loved your sense of texture and color. It is a very intriguing subject matter and if taken from real life I hope the fire was not close to where you live. Keep up the great work. Cheers, Frank

Frank 12/16/2016 | 1:07 PM

Hi Jean- just ordered your "Fires of Summer" which I really like. Please ensure that there is a wire on it for me to hang it properly. Many thanks and have a Merry Christmas. Cheers, Frank

UGallery 5/29/2012 | 11:11 PM

Hi Jean! It's such a pleasure to introduce you and your awesome work to UGallery. We wrote about you on our blog. You can read the post with this link:

The Fires of Summer

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front and back

18" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
4 lbs. 0 oz.


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Comments About This Piece

2015 saw many alarming wildfires throughout the NW states. I found the images to be fascinating in their luminosity and color. I tried to capture the intensity and emotion of this unusual subject.

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Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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