Carroll Thomas is the oldest active painter who is also a proprietor of his own gallery.
Born April 29, 1910 in Clarinda, Iowa to parents James Fred Thomas (J. Fred) and Gertrude Hunt Thomas (Trudie). His father was in the advertising business and his mom a housewife. Carroll was the oldest child and had three younger siblings Valera, Wendell and Ruth. All of these people have passed on, but Carroll is still around at 100 years old.
At only 9 years-of-age he moved to Manitou Springs, Colorado, a life changing event that shaped his artistic future. Living in the stately Craftwood house in Manitou with a view of Pike’s Peak inspired Carroll for a life time. He painted his first landscape there and later after high school attended the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, a boxcar ride away.
His father J. Fred went from rags to riches, twice! He went from poor to a wealthy advertising executive, lost everything in the Depression (including the 3-story office building for his advertising firm and the Craftwood house) and then worked as a water boy. He later became a Colorado State Representative for 21 years.
Carroll received excellent advice and support from is family that still drives him today at age 100. A book about Carroll Thomas's life story is underway and set to hit bookstores next summer. He currently owns the Carroll Thomas Gallery in Big PIne, California, where he offers hundreds of paintings at affordable prices. Click on upcoming book to get on a waiting list for his book "The Adventures of the Oldest Living Artist" out soon.
Writer and Publisher : Meta Cheryl White
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