The spontaneity of Ben Thomas

Chanced upon Ben’s Art on Facebook — something I love about social networking. I first met him when he was about four years old. His mom is a cousin of mine. I saw Ben again last year when they visited. Though I saw him sketching when they were here, I never really got the chance to sit down and absorb his work. He’s not my friend on Facebook, but by a stroke of luck, I found myself clicking his page and browsing through his images.

Ben Thomas got me hooked. Young as he is, his range is thick. His artworks make me think.

Early this year, Ben had his first art showing in Hawaii. Check it out here. He is currently based in California.

How old were you when you started sketching?
I’ve been drawing since I can remember, maybe at two or three years old. Most kids start out drawing/coloring at an early age, but don’t stick with it later on in childhood. I never stopped.

How would you describe your art?
My art is a collection of subconscious imagery, often done right there “on the spot” with little or no sketching or refinement involved. I use a lot of Ball Point pens for drawing, acrylic paint as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. My work is very personal.

Bartek in Ilocano means drunk. This made me really smile.

What do you miss most about the Philippines?
I’ve been to the Philippines three times so far to visit my relatives in Manila and Laoag. I love the food and being able to connect with my mother’s cultural heritage. It’s always a good time.

To get updated on Ben’s work, like Ben’s Art Facebook page or follow Benartstud.wordpress.com

Happy Easter, dear readers! New beginnings… wish you joy!

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