Wyatt Earp in Hollywood by Andy Thomas


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Wyatt Earp lived in Los Angeles in his later years and spent some time on the movie sets in Hollywood. He became good friends with William S. Hart and Tom Mix, early cowboy stars.The great director, John Ford, remembered Earp describing a gun fight to him, and even drawing a diagram of the action. Ford used that description to film the fight in "My Darling, Clementine." The fight is now known as "The Gunfight at the OK Corral." This image depicts Earp describing the scene as Ford, Hart, and Mix listen. The movie front in the background is actually Fremont Street in Tombstone, as the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday walk down to confront the cowboys. Also listening is a young prop hand, who, in his own film career, used Earp's mannerisms for his own portrayals of tough western characters.

About The Artist




Andy Thomas is not only an immensely talented painter, but also a storyteller with the images he creates. His subject matter consists of a variety of images from historical events to intimate moments of everyday life. The artist’s desire to create is funneled into the area of painting realism that ranges from very loose to very tight. 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.

Primarily self-taught, Thomas began his professional art career in 1991 after sixteen years with a major advertising agency. In his studio, the artist creates his unique paintings that tell their "stories.” Thomas says, "I never consciously ponder elements of design or principals of design…I rely on my sketches to refine a value scheme as a starting point. They also help me visualize the completed painting and consider light, painting technique, subject or object importance, and other considerations. The viewer’s eye-path is a big influence on the composition at this point and all through the painting process.” Thomas’s style has been compared to Russell and Remington, and artist says he also has been influenced by Howard Pyle, Richard Schmid, Norman Rockwell, and others.

Many of Thomas’s historical images have been used in books and as book covers, and his various paintings also have been featured in numerous magazines. The artist’s original works are in many private and corporate collections and also in the permanent collections of museums around the country.

Thomas exhibits in several shows annually, the most recent being the 2006 C. M. Russell Art Auction where he sold eight original paintings. The artist also enjoys judging art shows and teaching children and adult painting classes. He is a talented writer and published a book containing over 100 color images of his work, along with stories written by him.

The artist is a member of the famed Salmagundi Club in New York, The Portrait Society of America, and other art organizations. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Missouri Southern State University with a BS in Marketing Management.

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