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Every portrait is special to you, the one painted and the artist. Tom will make the portrait creation desirable to all three. Anything is possible: charcoal, watercolor and oil portraits can be done quickly if necessary.

Tom likes to take as much time as he can when creating art.

Tom likes to visit with the subject once a week, staying about one hour. During that time he will make sketches, take photos and have the subject sit for a few minutes. Children love the process and look forward to his visits.  It is a sad day when he no longer visits. A drawing is done in pencil on the canvas using the composition ideas of the client, once approved the painting begins. Painting is wet on wet, each section is completed while the paint is wet. When the paint starts to congeal painting that section stops. When Tom starts a face he brings the canvas to the sitter for a live sitting. After working in the studio almost completing the face he will return for another live sitting. Tom borrows the sitter’s clothes and dresses up a wire mannequin for the clothes and works from life. The background is painted completing the portrait.


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Clifton Family, 24" x 20", oil on canvas, December 2009, Commission
Started in April 2008 after a hiatus of two years waiting for the baby to grow up. Sketches were agreed on and work commenced with Tom painting in the side yard of the neighbors home for the summer. Work progressed from right to left. The dogs were painted first then the master and his wife. Painting has recommenced at the Cincinnati Sports Club where Tom had a show of paintings in the lobby in March and April 09 and took advantage of a invitation to paint there to paint the children. He has been spent a week on each figure. Tom has changed his medium, the oil he paints with during this painting. Since it was started in April of 2008, Tom has changed from 1/2 Demar varnish 1/2 stand oil to 4/5 stand oil 1/5 poppy oil. Stand oil is thickened linseed oil that does not yellow as much. Both mediums had oil of clove added to retard drying. Toms new medium has a longer drying time and does not thickened as much before setting. Tom manner is to paint with this medium tinting the medium to create the color. Most colors created using the white of the canvas as the white. Only in the darkest parts of the painting does the saturation of oil colors prevent the white of the canvas from showing through. Tom does this because of his fascination with the surface of painting. This manner allows the most exciting surface. The final painting on the home done in the summer of 09 and the new baby added in December. This is the next level of Tom's work with little people. Three years prior he started with a series of small works each with an individual of about 6 inches high. In this work, the 6-inch figures are actual people.


Oil portrait of Irene and daughter Helen by husband and father Tom Lohre.

Irene and Helen, Oil on canvas, 5' x 4', 2005


Rob Portman, Oil on board, 12" x 16", April 24, 2008
Commercial Real Estate Developers Power Breakfast
Thursday, April 24, 2008 at the Duke Energy Center Grand Ballroom, Rob Portman was the key note speaker at the Cincinnati Business Courier's seventh annual Commercial Real Estate Developers Power Breakfast. Rob Portman is one of Cincinnati's favorite political sons who is on Sen. John McCain's short list of vice presidential running mate candidates. Portman talked about our three-state region's most powerful connection, trade as well as took questions about today's political climate and issues and his future. Also in attendance, Ky. Sec. of State Trey Grayson who provided a south-of-the-Ohio River view.


Richard T Farmer, Oil on board, 12" x 16", April 18th, 2008
Richard Farmer, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Cintas Corporation spoke at Xavier University on April 18th, 2008 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. All were welcome to hear his talk, "10 Important Experiences Over 50 Years in Business. "


Tom Lohre & AG Lafley, Chairman & CEO of Proctor & Gamble with his portrait. A.G. Lafley enjoyed hearing of Tom's painting robot and thought it played well to his new book: "The Game-Changer: How You Can Drive Revenue and Profit Growth With Innovation."

A.G. Lafley, 16" x 20", Oil pastel on metal, 2008 http://tomlohre.com/lafley.htm

Tom's painting robot produced this work derived from Mr. Lafley's image.


Victoria, 11" x 14", charcoal on paper, from five half hour sittings, April 6, 2005, Commission


 

Young Woman, oil painting on an 8" x 10" gessoed masonite board was painted from the supplied photo.Commission


Ahab, watercolor on paper, 5" x 7", 2001, Painted for a man who collects MAD magazines. Tom took the original Mort Drucker panel from the MAD parody of "Moby Dick" and put the collector into it.


Helen, Oil on brass Painted on a 1-1/2" brass medallion, 1999


Irene, 8 " x 10", colored pencil paper, from twenty minute sitting, December 25, 1991


Matt, 8 " x 10", three color charcoal on paper, from photo, 1990, Commission


 

Dick Foster Oil Portrait

Dick Foster, 16" x 20", oil on canvas, 1989, Commission


Mrs. Zucherwar oil poortrait

Mrs. Zucherwar, 16" x 20", Oil on canvas, 1989, Commission


Tom in Clown Face, 8" x 10", oil on canvas, 1989


Irma Anapol oil portrait

Erma Anapol, 30" x 40", Oil on canvas, 1988, Commission


Portrait of a Lady by Tom Lohre in pinks and impressionistic  background.

Annie, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40", 1987, Painted from life over a summer. Commission


Louise Kats, New York City, 48" x 48", 1981, Commission


Mr. McIntosh

Mr. McIntosh, 30" x 40", oil on canvas, 1980, Commission


Herb Feldman, oil on canvas, 1980, Commission


Captain Kirk, 30" x 40", oil on canvas, 1980


The Who, 48" x 36", oil on canvas, 1979, Painted from images taken during the premier of "The Kids Are Alright." In just a few days Tom painted and presented the work to Clive Davis of A&M. He gave him tickets to the Who concert at Madison Square Gardens. Tom had the painting signed by Pete Townsend on the back. The work was stolen and its whereabouts are unknown.


Tim Kinduell oil portrait

Tim Kinduell, Oil on canvas, 1979, Painted quite rapidly on the rooftop of Tom's New York City Apartment. A painting like this makes a great gift for a party where Tom can work during the party finishing the work the same evening.


Marie Stockl  oil portrait

Marie Stockl, 24" x 30", Ooil on canvas, 1978, Commission


United Press International Your face in a masterpiece Pick any painting in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Tom will paint your face in it.


Paul, 30" x30", oil on canvas, 1980, Commission


Lionel Larner New York City Actor's Agent

Lionel Larner, 30" x 24", Oil on canvas, 1978, A famous actor's agent who had himself painted into his favorite painting that hangs at the Frick. Commission


Peter & Wendy Saint John

Peter & Wendy, Oval 24" x 30", Oil on canvas, 1978, Commission Tom had to keep Peter in stitches playing comedy albums one after another while he sat for the painting. The painting hung above the mantel and from the street, you could clearly see it. Many times people would wave thinking Peter was home.


Michael McClintock Oil on canvas, 22" x 28", 1984, Commission

This artwork was painted from life over a span of several months. Michael was a musician in New York City. Several albums were produced. His band played frequently at the "Mud Club." He was a longtime friend of Tom's. He married the granddaughter of Alexander Calder and settled down off the coast of France near England. He suddenly died in Paris in 1993.


Brooke Sheilds, 8" x 10", oil on mylar, painted in reverse color

Brooke Sheilds, 8" x 10", oil on canvas, painted without makeup


Jean Vincent, Oil on canvas, 30" x 30", 1976, Painted for 12 French apple pies, Commission


Superman, Oil on Mylar, 72" x 120", 1978, Christopher Reeve as Superman an alien orphan sent from his dying planet to Earth. The kite was flown on the day of the premier in New York City.


Elizabeth Taylor, Oil on vinyl, 1976, 16" x 20", Student work


Nine of Pentacles

Helen Feeding the Ducks

Miss Morgan , Commission

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Cameron , Commission

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Thomas More , Commission

St. Agnes, Commission

Dick Foster, Commission

Hiroshima mon Amore , Commission

Peggy, 20" x 16", Oil on canvas Tom's mother painted from life over the periods of a few days.

Lohre Family


George Chandis, Commission


Portrait of Two Men Rhett Fire and Todd Jefferies riding on a Arabian Horse in the Manner of Ralph Wolfe Cowan Traditional Oil Painting on Canvas by Tom Lohre

Rhett Fire, Commission


Yvonne Sherwell


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Bill Gates


Grandmother Higgins


Master Colin , Commission


St. Xavier


Henry Williams , Commission


Student Work

Oil painting portrait of young girl by Tom Lohre.

Maggie

Elvis Sighted

Patrick Children

Oil painting of a young boy on a bull doser by Tom Lohre.

Mason

Sydney

Drew

Brooke

Lori

Monte Carlo

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