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    Noel Thomas- photo by Michael MathersAbout the Artist

    Since 1990, Noel Thomas has been painting watercolors out of his Astoria, Oregon studio. Born in Longview, Washington, Thomas studied watercolor and graduated with distinction from Los Angeles Art Center College. He went on to pursue a 15-year career in advertising art in New York and Los Angeles. Returning to the Northwest in 1974, Thomas and his wife Pat began a business of creating aged miniature houses for collectors and museums.

    Artist's Statement

    There's a spirit in this town that's been here all along that doesn't change, even though the town is changing. People have chosen to live here because they like the place. Astoria has always had a lot of energy, maybe even more now than ever.

    What I see out my studio window is intersections - streets channeling traffic around the old and the new - demolition, restoration, development. Astoria is at a crossroads, on and along the river, as well as in town and the neighborhoods. Our identity is changing, as it must, but who and what are we going to be? Do we know where we are going?

    These questions, along with the ever-changing river, light and seasons, infuse this collection of paintings.