In Memory of Thomas S. Beuchner

As our local art center celebrates portrait month and Norman Rockwell's paintings hang at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, this seems like a fitting time to reflect on the life and work of Thomas S. Beuchner of Corning New York.

In addition to being a great painter, Tom was also an active advocate for the arts. His book "How I Paint, Confessions of a Sunday Painter" not only brings to light his beautiful work but the underlying narrative reveals his admiration for great art created by hand. He modestly attributes his own talents to those who influenced him and came before him.

I hope you'll take a moment to soak up a little of his legacy by visiting his website, perusing a few of the articles below and hopefully reading one of his books. If you are an artist, an art enthusiast or just someone who is touched by another who dedicates themselves to a passion, you're sure to find it inspiring.

If you're nearby (here in DC), Thomas Buechner's first book was "Norman Rockwell, Artist and Illustrator" is a wonderful companion to read in advance or take with you during a visit of the Rockwell exhibit. If you're closer to Corning New York, the West End Gallery is hosting an exhibit in his memory including his most recent work beginning on October 14th.

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