“Callin’ the Blue” features eight Republican Presidents from the past hundred and fifty years gathered around for a game of pool and some good laughs. As the elephants march around the stained-glass shade over the billiard table, these famous gentlemen are having a Grand Ol’ Party. President Lincoln stands tall as he gets ready to make his shot. Wouldn’t you just love to know what he and President Roosevelt have said to each other? It appears that the game is on and Honest Abe is “Callin’ the Blue.” These Republican presidents are enjoying each other’s company as our great nation’s first president’s portrait casts his spirit over them. And, from looking at the other painting on the wall, these historic figures have played this game together before. Presidents: Reagan, Bush, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, G. W. Bush, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Giclee on canvas 2010 Limited Edition, with a Certificate of Authenticity
Many call Andy Thomas the ‘Storyteller’ and if you have ever had a chance to view his work you just might agree. He tells many stories with his action filled western art and is bringing the cowboys back to life. In the past, Andy has painted many subjects from American History, a picnic by the river, kids playing sports to a brutal bear fight. All of his paintings end up telling you, the viewer some kind of story of our lives. You just never know what he will present to you next.
Andy began his professional art career began in the fall of 1991 after sixteen years with Leggett & Platt, Inc. He works from his studio in Carthage, Missouri to create unique oil paintings that tell a story. ou can find his work in magazine articles Western Art Collector, Art of the West, Rural Missouri, National Park Service brochures and educational books by the Franklin Watts Children Press, Harcourt and others. Thomas’s medium is primarily oil, but he also works in watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and ink wash. He is also a very accomplished sculptor.
He has also illustrated books and (with his permission) images have been used on many book covers. The hardback books titled The Artful Journey & The West in Action contains over one hundred color images of his work and many include their stories that were mostly written by Thomas. They can be purchased on this website. Andy’s work can be found in videos produced by the NPS, US Federal Claims Court and National Geographic. He had the honor of being the Artist in Residence at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas where he lectured and gave painting demonstrations to college students and the general public. In 2015, Andy was invited by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahomas to be the 2015 Rendevous Artist for paintings. His work has won numerous awards and throughout his career he has been part of many shows from coast to coast.