Growing up in the isolated mountains of Webster County, West Virginia I developed an early and endearing love of nature. I developed a desire to share that love and inspire that love in others. I do so, first of all by “seeing,” looking at a scene and mentally constructing an image in my mind—an image that eliminates the clutter, an image that pulls the viewer in—focusing on the beauty of the scene.
Quite often you will see I concentrate heavily on shades of green and blue. This is not by accident. These are the colors of peace and solitude (seldom will one sense coldness in the shades of blue I capture). The solitude of a peaceful place is where I seek to transport the viewer. The greens convey life, self-confidence, harmony and balance; the blues convey solitude, truth, healing, and serenity.
Fortunate to have a skill that has allowed me to see the world, I returned home in 1994. I returned to my beautiful mountains that first inspired my vision and the way I view the world.
I seek out those special places of color to feel those emotions, to soak it in—then communicate those same feelings to the viewers through my work.
--Thomas R. Fletcher