Thomas de Decker
(1951 - present)
Thomas de Decker was born in 1951, in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Before attending college, de Decker was primarily interested in archaeology and anthropology, but was inspired by a student art show at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, where he was enrolled. After college, he traveled throughout the West and then settled in Washington State because of his interest in the Plains tribes.
de Decker’s landscapes portray the peace and tranquility of nature, transporting the viewer to a quiet clearing deep in the heart of a panoramic mountain scene and on to a gathering of wildflowers. The arresting sense of color is revealed in the translucent quality of his water and skies, and his eye for composition is displayed in the depth and movement of the flowers and trees blowing in a soft breeze.
de Decker believes that a successful landscape painting must not only portray what is visible to the naked eye, but to also include a mood or feeling, a sense of atmosphere. Along with these scenes come an understanding of the medium, a freshness, and an extreme richness and vividness of color.
Explorations into the Romantic landscape of the Hudson River School of Art lead de Decker to a more sincere and deeper understanding of the master’s technique. His soft, gentle landscapes and moody tonal quality have brought to art lovers a revival of an almost faded technique.