Craig Thomas was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey; he describes himself to others as a military brat. His family traveled around the world, living from coast to coast throughout the United States. Okinawa, Japan was one of his most adventurous childhood residences. After his parents retired from the military, they settled in Southeast, Missouri.
Craig received his bachelor’s Degree from Southeast Missouri University in 1985; his emphasis was in Fine Arts and Technical Theatre. The education he received in the theatre had a strong influence on his street painting,large back drops, and murals.
Craig met his wife of 24 years, while working at Six Flags over Mid America; they airbrushed t-shirts and share a passion for the arts. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth who is an art educator and received the title of Missouri Art Educator of the Year for 2011. Craig and Elizabeth have two children and two grandchildren.
Craig is President of the Visual Arts Cooperative which features over 50 artists and coordinates the SouthEast Missouri Figure Drawing group. In 2007 Craig and Elizabeth opened the Black Door Gallery, which features individual and group art exhibits.
Street painting is one of Crag’s most popular art mediums. He has been the featured artist at Kansas City’s La Strada Del Arte (over four hundred artists participating) St. Louis Art Fair, Lubbock, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio. His street painting has lead him to competitions throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Craig considers street painting to be one of the most difficult art mediums dealing with weather, location, audience and window of time.
As a freelance artist, Craig works in a variety of mediums such as fine art, murals, figurative, plain aire and street painting. Individuals, committees and organizations have commissioned him in a variety of works. He has worked as small as negative retouching to large murals on skyscrapers.
Being a dyslexic and attention deficit Craig finds his best form of communication are the visual arts.