Long intrigued by of the Old West and experiences in western country, Thom has expressed that interest in multiple formats.
Wooden Sculpture — Thom began creating authentic archery bows before he advanced into decorative sculpture. He expanded his art to create pieces featuring various objects from the Old West and Native American culture. Each piece is displayed with other art such as a distinctive base or holder. Many strike a note of nostalgia such as this Sioux Tomahawk or the Creek Moccasin Others reflect a view of nature — A trout setting entitled Secret Behavior. Some are unusual such as the abstract Bison . Others are of surreal interpretation — Thom saw a juniper stump while hunting in the forest with a statement to make. He brought it home and Reaching Out became a reality.
Native American Artifact Replicas — Researched and created using authentic materials and design, Thom uses his talent to bring parts of the Native American lifestyle and culture into the 21st century. He tans, sculpts, wraps, stitches, and glues to recreate pieces such as this cradle board using brain-tanned leather and an ArapahoeHide History. The bows and arrows are of high, working quality. Thom has used the archery bows himself in the field…a rare practice because often when someone has built a bow, art dominates over usefulness. A replica of Blackfoot War Quiver, Bow and Arrows.
Landscape Painting — Currently, Thom is painting landscape scenes that reflect the wild, wooded country or the solemn, haunting beauty of windmills and farmsteads. Thom frequently uses earth and mineral materials, creating his own pigments. You can see his paintings currently at these galleries Native on the Square in Jackson Hole, WY and Wyoming Home Gallery in Cheyenne, WY as well as the Thomas Holt Art Gallery which is adjacent to Thom’s studio.
Author — Thom writes for several hunting and archery publications both in print and online. He will offer photos and description of the archery bows from his studio as he uses them in the field. Readers are intrigued with the stories of the archaic but highly accurate and usable weapons. These publications are listed at Meet the Holts.
You can learn more about Thom’s art and how to contact him at Thomas Holt Art Gallery.com