This renowned Massachusetts artist has been depicting the everyday life and scenery of Boston and other New England treasures for over thirty years. Introduced to painting at an early age by his father, Thomas went on to train under the traditional discipline of The Boston School. His search for sound training led him to first study with Robert Douglas Hunter in Boston and Provincetown and then to the atelier of R. H. Ives Gammell, Hunter's own teacher. From 1973 through 1979, Dunlay studied with Gammell in Boston and, during the summer, in Williamstown. Thomas currently serves as president of the Guild of Boston Artists and over the course of his career has earned national recognition for his talent and skill.
According to Thomas, "These prints represent a journey begun when I was introduced to painting at a young age and, I hope, will continue for many years to come. My fond memories of my father's interest in painting and an early visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston were great influences on my desire to become a painter. Although life offered many other opportunities... to paraphrase Robert Frost 'I chose the road less traveled.'
"It was a challenging career choice to say the least, but one that has rewarded me with unparalleled experiences, lasting friendships, and tremendous satisfaction. The stories along the way are many, such as working on a movie set with the great Henry Fonda and the recent commission of Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk, to name a few."
Thomas proudly follows in the tradition of his major influences, Frank Benson, Childe Hassan, and Edmund Tarbell, composing design and suggesting moods reminiscent of these masters while displaying his own distinctive artistic personality.