A venerable art school in Covington, Kentucky
Show of the Art Collection of Richard Stacksteder
In the studio on the campus of
Baker-Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Lecture Sunday March 11th at 2 PM by Mary Ran of the
Tom Lohre will have two of his works in the show
Tom is a life long full time fine artist who paints portraits, commissions, landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and outer space scenes. He also creates robotic artists and art machines.
Patriot Summer Home, watercolor on paper, 7" x 5", 1996
This work was done for Rick as a gift. Tom learned of the great times at the cabin and wanted to paint it. When Tom moved back to Cincinnati, his wife introduced him to Rick and they have had a special patron artist relationship ever since.
South Street Seaport, watercolor on paper, 7" x 5", 1994
Text from the above page:
Tom volunteered on the Pioneer
for 125 hours to gain information to complete this work. It started with
a commission from his sister and brother-in-law to paint two large 40"
x 30" works for their home. Tom decided to paint two water paintings,
one of New York Harbor and another of Cincinnati
Harbor. He was still living in his apartment on Christopher Street
in Greenwich Village when he started so he started working on the layout
of the New York painting. He would comb the library for books on the seaport.
Day after day he would delve deeper and deeper into the books that were
not shelved in the public collection. He would have all the various folios
brought up from the stacks and page through them. Finally he found a image
to start from. It was a view of the southern pier of the South Street
Seaport taken from the tennis pier just south. Tom went down there and
started taking images of the scene. In the photo there was the Pioneer,
a 100 foot schooner and a Brigantine tied up on the end of the pier. He
then composed small sketches. He bolstered the main photograph with many
photographs of is own, ship plans and first hand experience on the schooner
"Pioneer." He used Canaletto and Jan Van der Heyden's style
to guide his brush manner. He wanted something free and easy but still
detailed. He believed he could achieve this by working with premixed color
applied wet on wet.