|Avril Thomas "The Artist" Collection of the Artist|
Avril Thomas (b.1956) is an Australian painter who currently makes her home in Adelaide. She loved to draw from childhood on, but started her professional life as a registered nurse. An instinctual compassion for the human condition informs her art, and, unsurprisingly, portraiture and figuration are her favored genres. She has a particular love for portraiture, and uses many different mediums like charcoal, graphite, pastel and oils.
Although Thomas has only been working full-time as an artist for the past fifteen years she has already gained recognition for her insightful and inventive work, including being named a finalist in Australia's prestigious Archibald Competition in 2005 and in 2006 receiving a commission from the Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The artist's website can be seen here.