Thornton Gallery Begins

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Thornton Gallery first came online in 1997 when I agreed to barter a commissioned painting in exchange for a newly-constructed website. Our online presence has evolved over the years.

In 1969, as agriculture was being replaced by urban expansion, my family moved to a small 30-acre farm eight miles outside Montrose, Colorado, where I developed my love for mountains, skies and wide open spaces. It was here in the Rocky Mountains where I first began landscape painting.

Just like learning to read and to write, to do basic arithmetic, and learning fundamental science, drawing, specifically learning how to draw, should be as much a part of every child’s core curriculum. Learning to draw develops two fundamental skill sets: observation and expression – as essential as learning to read! Learning how to better see the parts in relationship to the whole, and how to interpret their attributes. Eye-hand coordination, cognition and core emotional perception are all employed when you put a pencil to the paper and try to render any object placed before of you, or try to convey any idea formulated in your mind.

I have traveled to lands the world over: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland not to mention coast-to-coast travels throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. All of these experiences inspire my work.

I am grateful for the opportunity given me to visit many parts of America and around the world, and I have my favorite places. The setting where my wife and I now reside is truly among the beautiful ones we call home here in Southern Utah.