Jerry Thomas Gallery/Collection

Biography of Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas graduated from Scott Community High School in 1977.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and worked towards a Masters Degree in Architecture, Community Planning and Development from Kansas State University.  In 1986, Jerry became a full-time artist with the encouragement from a group of businessmen that formed a partnership to market Jerry’s artwork in the U.S. and abroad.

As a native Kansan, Jerry Thomas was drawn at an early age to the excitement and nostalgia of the Wild West and its natural surroundings. The wildlife, the trails and the history of the West, all became an important inspiration for Thomas and his paintings. His attention to detail and countless hours of research have become a hallmark of his images, which are displayed in many private and corporate collections.

 Thomas began publishing his work in 1989, in Manhattan, Kansas. Since then he has garnered many accomplishments. His credits include designing the Kansas Wildlife Habitat Award, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Corporate Stewardship Award, and being named the Governor’s Turkey Hunt “Artist of the Year” following his colleague and mentor, the late Wayne Willis. Other honors include being named Kansas Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist, National Ducks Unlimited Guest Artist, and the Golden Waterfowl Artist for Waterfowl USA. He Designed the Kansas State Duck Stamp in 1992 and 1996, was named Kansas Wildlife Artist of the Year twice, along with being named the Waterfowl USA Celebrity Hunt Artist, Pheasant Forever Artist of the Year, and the Nebraska One Box Association Artist of the Year. His commissions include works for the United States Cavalry Museum, The Little Bighorn Associates, Historic Ft. Hays, Ft. Larned Old Guard, Kansas State University Football, and Ft. Wallace Memorial Association. He has done cover illustrations for Waterfowl, Journal of the West, and Military Heritage magazines. He completed work for the Kansas State Historical Society, creating book covers of the eight historic forts of Kansas through the Frontier Forts of Kansas Network created by Kansas Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker. His painting, “The River”, for Kansas Wildscape Inc., helped to create the Zach Hudec Memorial Wetlands at Milford Reservoir. Thomas' work is also featured in the recently published United States Infantry Association Collector's Edition Book.

Other works include “Get Em Boys" and "Scouting the Trail", featuring Custer’s famous Seventh Cavalry unit. Both images were commissioned by the Fort Wallace Memorial Association. A special commission, "The Sacred Place" featuring Cheyenne Indians near the Monument Rocks in Western Kansas was dedicated to the El Quartelejo Museum of Scott City.

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