Karl Thomas was born and raised in Provo, Utah. Although primarily a landscape painter, Thomas also does portraiture, wildlife and still life painting. His father, a doctor, was a fine landscape and portrait artist, which inspired his young son. Thomas’ early interest in art led to early training; he spent hours painting and drawing beside his father.
Thomas continued his concentration in art, taking classes in high school and majoring in Fine Art at Brigham Young University. While at Brigham Young, Thomas studied under William Whitaker, whose art made a large impression on him. Indeed, it was Whitaker’s influence and ability that finalized Thomas’ decision to go into art as a career. Thomas graduated from Brigham Young University in 1972, and went on to Los Angeles, California, to continue his studies at the Los Angeles Art Center. After finishing his studies there, Thomas worked as an illustrator, graphic artist and graphic designer, drawing animation and teaching oil painting classes, as well as doing other freelance work.
Karl Thomas is represented by major galleries from California to New York and has been included in the Collectors Sale in Dallas and the American Art Classic and Texas Renaissance Sale in Houston. He was featured in the January/February 1990 issue of Art of the West and was selected in the top 100 artists in the Arts for the Parks Exhibition in 1995.