Jim Thomas, Artist
Jim Thomas
(as seldom seen - in a suit)

  • Texas Society of Sculptors
  • Guild of Austin Architectural Artisans
  • Austin Diocese Fine Arts Council
  • Texas Society of Architects
 
 
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WILDLIFE SCULPTURE

American Eagle by Jim ThomasAmerican Bald Eagle
The 1.5 scale sculpture (bust) of the "American Bald Eagle" was commissioned as a retirement gift for a 1972 US Air Force Academy graduate.

The subject was chosen to be the most likely icon to commemorate the career Air Force pilot whose service included tours of duty all over the world with a final duty as a refueling pilot during the entire Desert Storm operation.

The artist depicted the Eagle as a bust slightly larger than life size with a multi-colored patina.    The patina has a bone color for the crest feathers, red-brown leather color for the primary feathers and a polished bronze showing the natural yellow of the metal for the beak and eyes.

bronze wildlife art bell steerBell Steer
This Longhorn sculpture is part of Phase I of Thomas Studio's large project, a 22-figure bronze 1.5 times life size Longhorn cattle trail drive commemorating the Chisholm Trail. At 1.5 scale, this sculpture stands more than seven feet high and is 13 feet long, weighing about 1800 pounds. The "Bell Steer" wears a walking bell, the family trail brands and the swallowtail and split-ear tags used on that trail drive.

A 1/6-scale table-top version is also available in a limited edition of 20 bronze sculptures.

Greater detail regarding the various pieces associated with this project may be found on our Round Rock Chisholm Trail web page.
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The Lads on Point
bronze dogs in art
A Llewellin Setter and German Short Hair Pointer lock up on a bird hidden in the stump during a highland hunt.

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fiberglass art bisonBison
The "Bison" was first commissioned by Schertz High School (Schertz) and Fox Tech High School (San Antonio) for display on their campuses and at their football games, depicting their respective mascots. For obvious weight reasons, their castings were in fiberglass mounted on a trailer.

The sculpture stands about 6' high and has a cast base. The patina is mostly red-brown leather color with very dark under detail. The "Bison" was done from a live model, owned by the Schertz High School.

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brood mare equine art Brood Mare

A Quarter horse mare trots along on her own way. This is a companion piece to the "Stud" or in combination as the "Courtship" with the mare and stud together on a common base.
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elk bronze sculpture art Brush Buster

This early sculpture of a running bull elk shows him with his horns laid back over his shoulder to clear the snags as he breaks through the brush.


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Mountain Royalty Elk Sculpture
Mountain Royalty

This family of American Elk started as a commission from a buyer who wanted a table-top sized bronze of the elk that are native to his home in Northern Arizona.

The bull elk is a Royal, named so from the six points per side on his magnificent horns. With him are his mate and their yearling spike that is having his first year's horn growth. American elk will frequently stay together in family groups until after the first frost of the following fall when the bulls would enter rut and mate again.


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bull elk bronze sculpture art
Bull Elk


A royal bull elk with six points per side. The lead figure in Mountain Royalty, the Bull Elk is available as an individual piece.

longhorn skull Forgotten Ancestors

This is a full scale longhorn skull with Spanish conquistador skull, helmet and spur in sand (#2 in permanent collection at Liberty Hill International Sculpture Exposition).


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texasturkey Texas Turkey

The beautiful Rio Grande Turkey or huajalote is a favorite of Texans and was considered for the Texas State Bird (Mocking Bird).

 

 


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Travis Longhorn bronze sculpture Travis Longhorn
The "Travis Longhorn" sculpture was a commission for a Lake Travis (Texas) family, whose love for Texas Longhorns included having one in their yard to add to the ones in their surrounding pastures.   I used one of my personal longhorns, "007", as the model; a steer that was given to me by my friend G. Harvey (the painter).    When we installed the casting, the commissioner's family dog walked by the sculpture without notice.   However, when we packed up and left, the dog walked by the figure, skidded to a halt, the hair went up on its back and he started a stiff-legged bark that went on for hours.   The new owner called later and said the dog was still barking at the sculpture but the real test of realism was the flies! The sculpture was covered with flies!

The live model for Travis Longhorn was a unique steer, being exceptionally cantankerous. He would usually only allow Thomas into the pasture with him and then only if the artist was carrying a bucket of sweet feed. In order to have the steer hold still long enough to be measured and closely photographed, neighboring cowboys needed to have the steer tranquilized. Travis Longhorn bronze sculptureThe cowboys overdosed the tranquilizer and while the steer was indeed very "tranquil" he nearly died from pneumonia and had to be kept on his feet for more than a day to absorb the excess nasal drainage produced by the nicotine tranquilizer.



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