Bonita Springs, Fl National Art Festival
Award Winning Quadriplegic Artist Marcus C. Thomas will be one of the many talented artists
Displaying at this award winning show. Stop by to see Marcus flat out amazing work and pick
Up an autographed copy of his new book, Flight of the Mind.
Marcus C. Thomas, quadriplegic painter, begins work on a 25-year retrospective of his life and art
With just his imagination and a paintbrush extending from his mouth, Marcus Thomas creates art that inspires viewers with visions of flight and a natural world filled with fragile beauty and forceful meaning. Through realistic depictions of wildlife juxtaposed with objects borrowed from everyday life, he evokes both concern and love for his subjects – from songbirds to raptors to the deep blue sea – and honors the natural world with images that are both poetic and prophetic.
Currently, the artist and Anne Thomas, his wife and partner of 29 years, are compiling images and working with a writer on a coffee table book with the working title, A Painter’s Journey Through Paralysis.
In March of 1986, at the age of 26, Marcus suffered a skiing accident that broke his neck and left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Before the accident, Marcus planned to exercise his love of the natural world and his athletic talents with a full time job in the tourism and outdoor recreation industry. When the accident left him with only his imagination, his mind, the muscles of his head and neck, and the loving and creative support of Anne and his family, Marcus turned, unexpectedly, to art and began to realize his calling as an artist and champion of the natural world.
On Christmas day in 1986, after only 6 months of recuperation and adjustment, Anne presented Marcus with a wild idea and a Crayola™ Watercolor Set, and Marcus created his first work, a Christmas card. Since that time, Marcus Thomas has lived the artist’s life, transcending the limitations of his body and pushing beyond the boundaries of what is possible, perfecting difficult techniques, crafting profound and subtle images, and capturing elusive moments in color and light, from a hummingbird’
Composed of a biographical narrative of Marcus’ life from childhood to present day and reproductions of his paintings from the first bird calendars to his current work, the coffee table book, A Painter’s Journey Through Paralysis, is a logical extension of Marcus’ life journey, from recreation major to a chair-bound painter, who re-creates the natural world he loves so well in art. The book will consist of approximately 300 pages of photographs, full color plates, and text, to be released between December 2011 and June 2012. There will also be a limited edition release, which will include two signed Glicee prints and a digital interview with the artist.
Marcus Thomas’ life and art are a testament to the resilient strength of the human spirit and the spirit of the natural world. His life-story and life’s work, available for the first time in a comprehensive chronicle, embody a message for not only fellow artists and lovers of art, but for all who suffer a disability, for all caregivers, and for anyone struggling to make sense of a world that is both heartbreaking and lovely. Given an image of the beauty, force and vulnerability of the earth we share by a soul that has endured and triumphed over tragedy, we recognize the sacred conversation we all participate in, regardless of our circumstances, between life, world and self.