I have been surrounded by Art and Nature starting from my early childhood. My father, Elton V. Thayer, was a sign painter and an artist. We lived on a farm in Vermont when I was young. And it was those early years playing in the forest and at the streams or pond that have instilled in me my love of nature. I love nature’s grand vistas and down to the way sunlight touches a small mushroom next to an old tree stump. I try to capture that moment when you come upon a scene and have to stop and catch your breath from natures beauty.
Basically I’m self-taught. My father only passed on the basics to me due to him being so busy with work and died when I was a young adult. My influences were my father, Robert Wood, Earl Daniels, and George Cherepov. I tend to be drawn to the Hudson Valley style. But the best part of my adventure in art is that I learn or see something new every day. I’m never as happy as when I have a paintbrush in hand and a canvas in front of me.
One of the important lesson my father did teach me was, “Paint for yourself, and to hell with everybody else”. It has been that rule that has allowed me to enjoy my art without a lot of guilt or depression. Oh I have made many mistakes and still do. But I don’t let it hold me back. And I’m free to try something new or different.
I’ve been fortunate to have people like what I am seeing and feeling in my oil paintings. My paintings hang in the homes of New England and Australia. Though my paintings have been in shows, it is not my goal to paint for galleries or shows.
There is no divine intervention or deep metaphor explaining my art as some artist have. Art is special and meaningful to me period. People who buy my art, see or feel what I have captured on canvas. And for that I am grateful. Anything more than that is their good fortune and nothing that I have done.