About Tom Thornton
Tom Thornton is a self-taught artist who has painted and made drawings since he was a child, and created bronze sculptures for the last thirty-six years. While he does not have an university art degree, Thornton is grateful for the time he spent at MSU, as it opened the door to the world of bronze. He operated his own foundry for over twelve years. Recently his attention has turned to painting.
Ranching, farming, hunting, and logging have also made up many of Thornton's years. From this, he has found inspiration in wild and domesticated animals, as well as undomesticated humans occasionally.
“It’s sort of an alchemy of transformation to coax these memories and flights of fantasy onto a flat surface without interfering with the energy that generates the image. Sometimes I feel like a conduit for this energy to make a mark.”
About Tina DeWeese
Tina DeWeese explores ideas in different mediums – including jewelry, bronze casting, wire sculptures, and abstract painting and drawing. DeWeese was a student at the University of Montana, and a graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She taught elementary art at the Cottonwood School for twelve years.
DeWeese has been inspired by many things in her life including “line drawings” in her own class notebooks, her father who made paintings of neckties, her mother who painted landscapes, and even memorable college roommates. She knows herself as the activities and environments that make up her days.
“Materials are relatively irrelevant. I work with what attracts me to the moment. Image and form both have a voice. Words and images are appeasements, re/minders…memories of the presence of each moment.”