(b. 1973 )
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, now residing in Arizona, Kaia Thomas is a visual artist working primarily in oils. Her theme is beauty, and it’s her expressed perception of this beauty that is found to instill an emotional response in people viewing her art. Working on location and from life is one of the ways she explores that direct emotional response to her subjects and this in turn has influenced her studio work, reflecting that rawness of rendering in real time. She chooses to work with tools such as the palette knife or painting wedge which encourage a fresh and confident approach to painting that breathes movement and life into her work. Kaia has participated in several fine art shows and painting events including the Bisbee Plein Air Festival in Arizona, Escalante Canyon Arts Festival in Utah, guest artist at the Maynard Dixon Campout in Utah, juried into the Miniatures & More show at the Albuquerque Museum of Art in New Mexico, juried into the American Women Artists Annual Online Spring Show, was a finalist in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence competition, and most recently, accepted into the show, In Full Sun: American Women Artist Illuminate The Haggin Museum, at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA. Her work has received top recognition, including 3 Best of Shows, and her work can be found in multiple public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
"Painting is my passion, and what I aim for in my paintings is a sense of place. To somehow capture and convey that unspeakable and nameless beauty that provokes an emotional response in me. There is nothing more rewarding than when a viewer connects with a painting and feels a part of it. I find these inspirations everywhere, sometimes it will be the simplest, every day things that catch my eye. Nature has been, and always will be what excites me most as an artist. It is a deep well of inspiration to draw from."