When my wife and I, Ted Thomas, owned Manos, we traveled Mexico for 20 Years. During that time, we met countless artisans and got to know many of them very well.
I think that pretty much everything I have done as an artist for the last 30 years has been tempered by that experience.
Certainly, the vivid colors and frequently wild imagery of Mexican Folk Art is always in the back of my mind when I start a painting.
Add to that the current tension over the Mexican border and you have the formula for my work. My paintings are at times humorous and sometimes very political. On a good day, maybe a little of both.
1972 BA from Metro State College
1975 MFA from University of Colorado
1974-1978 Printmaking instructor at University of Colorado-Denver
1976-1988 Co-owner of Edgewater Works (a printmaking studio in Denver)
1988-2006 Co-owner Manos Folk Art (an import store in Denver) specializing in Latin American Folk Art
2006-present Co-owner of The Blue Sky Co. (a wholesale company specializing in Mexican Folk Art)