Thomas Wharton Fine Art

Artist Statement


Courting Wonder

Wonder - is not precisely knowing
And, not precisely knowing not -
A beautiful but bleak condition
He has not lived who has not felt -
— Emily Dickinson

I work in the tradition of Western representational art, but from the viewpoint of a contemporary life. I don’t aim to have a message in any philosophical or narrative sense. Instead, I think of my paintings as objects of contemplation, providing the viewer a door into their own world of feeling and intuition. I imagine this kind of aesthetic experience to be more circular, something like a conversation between two close friends, where there is as much listening as speaking.

I think that wonder is at the heart of any experience with art, and I want my art to activate a sense of wonder in people. That experience can transform the everyday world into something poetic and remind people that life is more than it appears on the surface.