Les Thomas

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I have been involved with the world of art and design for more than 50 years, earning my living as both graphic designer and illustrator, as well as spending many years lecturing in various art colleges and universities. 

I started my career working as an industrial artist in the 1960s before taking an honours degree in Typography & Graphic Communication at The University of Reading, and later an MA in Visual Culture from Bath Spa University. I also hold a University of Wales PGCE. Ten years ago I took early retirement as Head of Graphic Design at Swansea Metropolitan University, so that I could paint full time. In order to broaden my experience, I have more recently completed short courses in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, and at St Ives School of Painting in Cornwall.

These days I paint mainly in oils, although I have worked with a variety of media, and was elected to membership of The Watercolour Society of Wales in 1990. Most of my current paintings are concerned with landscape. I feel privileged to be living near the first Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK, and find myself continually drawn to the magnificent coastal scenery of the Gower Peninsula, which provides an endless source of inspiration. I draw and paint almost every day, either outdoors or in my studio at home, and enjoy exploring the infinite possibilities of oil paint as a medium.