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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.

If it is a commission of a home or other subject, Tom likes to keep the client abreast of the process as it develops, so nothing is a surprise.

Watercolor on paper, 8.5" x 11", February 23, 2017, seven students who worked for Hillary Clinton out of the Clifton, Cincinnati office in 2016


Detail of thick paint

Detail of lower left hand corner before the light green, dark green and red spots were taken out

Impressionist painting of woman in dogwood blossoms by Tom Lohre.

Ben's Girlfriend, 24" x 36", Oil pastel melted on scraped canvas

Jami and friend painting by Tom  Lohre

Jami and Friend, 12" x 16", Oil on metal, September 10, 2013

Aunt Ginny painted in hot wax by Tom Lohre.

Aunt Ginny, 12" x 16", Oil on 20 gauge metal, November 26, 2013

While in New Orleans, Tom worked on his NOLA motif but came up not with what he discovered in their last visit, a woman on a balcony, but paintings of the friends and family in the NOLA scene. Getting ready for Aunt Ginny’s visit, Tom told daughter and her cousin that Aunt Ginny was the closest thing to Jacquelyn Onassis they would ever meet. She was smart, poised, beautiful, quite, polished, the perfect mother. She arrived and was all that and more. A great visit after her driving up the hour or so from Pax Christian. Cold, windy and raining, we stay in the room and had pizza while Tom painted her knitting blankets for her new great grandchildren. She brought some books from their sailing days and Tom selected three. They remember her husband, Tom's uncle, who died this time six years ago.

Portrait painted with  Saura  oil pastel on hot metal by Tom Lohre.

Bob G., 12" x 16", Oil on 20 gauge metal, November 25, 2013

Nancy, 12" x 16", Oil on board, Traditional

Phil, 12" x 16", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 16, 2013

Emily West Morgan, Yellow Rose of Texas, 10" x 8", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 2, 2013

Mary Kay of Mary Kay Cosmetics , 10" x 8", Oil pastel on aluminum, May 2, 2013

Dough, May 6, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette

Aunt Nancy, May 6, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette

Tom paints Uncle Jim's portrait in the family room of the rehabilitation facility he is staying at recovering from a fall.

Uncle Jim, May 5, 2013, 8" x 10", oil pastel on aluminum, nine color palette

The finished portrait with Aunt Linda and Uncle Jim, the portrait took about a half hour with their children and spouses looking on.

Candy Darling, 5" x 7", Oil pastel on Plexiglas

The funny thing about this painting is that it went up in flames.
I was still using the hot plate, that gets very hot, to heat up a stone tile to transfer heat to a Plexiglas sheet then melting oil pastels on it.
I went outside to get my signs for it was closing time and I came back to a five foot blue flame. The stone had cracked and the hot plate ignited the plastic. It burned pure, no smoke, just a huge blue white flame like it came out of a oxygen hydrogen rocket engine. I freaked out for 2 seconds then carefully picked up the hot plate and walked it our side.
A man came around the corner asking it everything was okay. I said yes, still shaking. Why the fire alarm did not go off I chalk up to the plastic which burned super clean.

So Candy went up in flames twice.

Candy Darling (November 24, 1944 – March 21, 1974) was an American transgender actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar. She starred in Andy Warhol's films Flesh(1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), and was a muse of the protopunk band The Velvet Underground.

Darling died of lymphoma on March 21, 1974, aged 29, at the Columbia University Medical Center division of the Cabrini Health Center.[9] In a letter written on her deathbed and intended for Andy Warhol and his followers, Darling said, "Unfortunately before my death I had no desire left for life ... I am just so bored by everything. You might say bored to death. Did you know I couldn't last. I always knew it. I wish I could meet you all again."[10]

Impressionist portrait by Tom Lohre  after Gilbert Stewart.

John Adams after Gilbert Stewart, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011

Impressionis portrait  of John Kennedy  by Tom Lohre after Norman Rockwell.

John Kennedy after Norman Rockwell, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011

Impressionist portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy  by Tom Lohre after Jacques Lowe.

Jacqueline Kennedy after Jacques Lowe, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011


Impressionist Bather by Tom Lohre after Degas.

Bather after Degas, wax on plexiglas. 5" x 7", November 2011

Maria and Mikey with dog Sabrina, Oil on canvas, 36" x 24", March 13, 2012

A portrait using a new very slow drying medium that allows work on the whole canvas wet for several months. A year after finishing, a spray of Dammar varnish seals the transparent oil color that uses the smooth white gesso surface as white

Grill Man, 16" x 12", oil on board, September 2008

This painting follows in the great tradition of men with their Kills. Instead of an Indian standing over his Buffalo we have Bob standing over his grill.

Miss Piggy oil pastel on  Plexiglas by Tom Lohre

Miss Piggy, 5" x 7", Oil pastel on Plexiglas, April 17, 2012, donated to WCET Action Auction

Pope Benedict portrait painted in abstract manner by Tom Lohre

Pope Benedict, 5" x 7", Oil pastel on Plexiglas, April 18, 2012, donated to Annunciation's Spring Gala

Salmon Chase portrait painted by Tom Lohre

Salmon Chase, 5" x 7", Oil pastel on Plexiglas, April 20, 2012, donated to Northern Kentucky University Alumni Awards Celebration

Geoffrey Mearns, NKU's fifth president painted by Tom Lohre

Geoffrey S. Mearns, NKU's fifth president, 5" x 7", Oil pastel on Plexiglas, April 25, 2012, donated to Northern Kentucky University Alumni Awards

Marie Montessori painted portrait by Tom Lohre

Marie Montessori, Latex on canvas, 54" x 54", February 5, 2012

Clark Montessori's Spring Fling, Saturday March 3, 2012 at the Maketewah Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio raised several thousand dollars for the school. Left to right: Beth Conkin, co-chair; Rupa Townsend, principal; Irene Moore; Tom Lohre; Bill Gallagher, co-chair and Robert Townsend in front of a large painting of Marie Montessori by Tom Lohre auctioned off for $450 to hang at the school.

Painting of Rosemary Clooney by Tom Lohre

Rosemary Clooney, 8" x 10", Acrylic on board, May 21, 2012

Mary Middleton  abstract portrait by Tom Lohre

Inspiration, Latex on canvas, 29" x 29", December 1, 2011

Mary Middleton died from a tragic accident the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. She was vivacious and addictive in her auses. She was very thrifty, loving to ask the question about her latest fashion statement, "Look at this, how much do you think it cost? One dollar!"

Tom Lohre on front page of Community Recorder

Front page of the Community Recorder, December 22, 2011, also in Kentucky Enquirer January 1, 2012

Arab Woman, 16" x 20", Wax on Aluminum, March 7, 2011, by Tom Lohre, glows in the dark

Arab Woman, 16" x 20", Wax on Aluminum, by Tom Lohre, glows in the dark

Arab Woman, 16" x 20", Wax on Aluminum, by Tom Lohre, glows in the dark

Arab Woman, 16" x 20", Wax on Aluminum, Glow in the dark colors. March 7, 2011, My first painting, little squiggly lights you see with your eyes closed. I owe it all to the robot. Never sell a model of perception short.

New Orleans Carnival Voodoo

New Orleans Carnival Reverie outside Voodoo Shop, Oil on board, 12" x 16", January 10, 2011

Oil on canvas of Northern Kentuckian Jane Berning by Tom Lohre.

Jane Berning, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40", 1981 Tom was apprenticing in Palm Beach. He recognized his neighbors from childhood while walking down Worth Avenue. Soon there afterward the Bernings commissioned Jane’s portrait. It includes a dress Jane would never wear and jewelry she never owned. The joke was everyone would want to know where that piece of jewelry was!

Gabriella Giffords oil portrait by Tom Lohre

Gabriella Giffords, 16" x 20", oil on gessoed board, February 19, 2011

Gabriella Giffords pencil sketch by Tom Lohre

Gabriella Giffords, 16" x 20", pencil on gessoed board, February 12, 2011

Brian Kelly, UC Football coach and Tom Lohre

Brian Kelly, UC Football coach, 12" x 16", oil on canvas, October 29, 2009, with Kelly Signature on front of painting

Ted Strickland, Ohio Governor, 12" x 16", oil on board, October 27, 2009

Painted in a radically different impressionist manner using carefully crafted colors. The colors are applied in a watercolor manner using tinted Dammar varnish. Not only does it smell great it looks beautiful with a very high gloss finish. The manner, derived from Tom’s painting Lego robot, works with six colors so to simulate 4-color you have to carefully select them. You have see the original to fully appreciate it.

Mr. Woolums, 11" x 14", oil on board, from photo to match portrait of wife, September 29, 2009


Price Front Yard
February 7 1999, Oil on canvas 10" x 8"
Painted from the garage of the Price Home. Situated off a single lane road, the Price home overlooks a pastoral view of the Carolina Piedmont. Rolling hay fields are line with pine and scrub oak. A lone tall old tree rises up from the landscape and dares to keep alive for a hundred years. In the foreground, Rex the neighborhood dog who adopted the prices watches over the scene.

Cincinnati Museum Center, 8" x 10", oil on canvas, October 14th, 2005,The  center is the old Union Train Terminal. Tom worked in the famous rotunda in front of one of the machines that turns a penny into a souvenir. The little girl is Tom's daughter.

Lemony Snicket, 12" x 16", oil on board, spring 2008. Painted from a photograph. David Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, made an appearance at the public library in Cincinnati and Tom's daughter and he went down to get his signature and listen to his lecture. He patiently signed and stamped persons book. David wrote thirteen books in the series of unfortunate events.

Nuclear War, Arnold Schwarzenegger from Predator, 20" x 16", oil on canvas, 2006

Thomas Lohre Senior, Illustrator digital file, 1999

Nude painting of woman in bath by Tom Lohre.

Beverly, Oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 1994

Jesus, Mary and Joseph  apatron saints for Covington Catholic High School painted by Tom Lohre.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 30” x 40”, oil on canvas, 1991

Painted for the Class of 71’ thirty year reunion with Tom’s nephew as Jesus and his wife as Mary, during the reunion the person who donated the most for the painting got to pick who Joseph was. The winner picked his father’s military image. The painting hangs in the office of Covington Catholic High School, Park Hills, Kentucky.

Thomas Paine watercolor portrait by Tom Lohre.

Thomas Paine, 5" x 5", Watercolor painted on gessoed 40oz beer bottle label varnished with polyurethane, 1989

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

Sailor, 16" x 20", oil on canvas, 1987, Painted from a photograph for a bartender at the Rose and Crown, Nantucket.

Diana Ross, Oil on vinyl, 16" x 20", June 1976, Student work


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