Thomas Draving is a watercolor artist, painting and selling watercolors in South Florida. His paintings are shown all over South Florida. He enjoys the beaches, the ocean, boating, wildlife and nature.
Thomas Draving was born in Pennsylvania. He studied mechanical design at Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. Thomas was a singer and songwriter in his 20's. While in his 30's he attended the Stone Harbor School of Art in New Jersey. After moving to Florida in 1983 he joined the Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society where he continued to study as a watercolor artist. His Florida paintings are watercolors full of color and design. He enjoys the beaches, seashore, boatyards, the local wildlife and art landscapes. The colors of the oceans, surrounding array of plants and flowers and the architecture of the Florida beaches have inspired his work as an artist. Most of his paintings are a result of his vivid imagination. His watercolor designs vary in composition and are very colorful. Thomas’s watercolor paintings have been shown in Broward Community College Bailey Hall, Coral Springs City Hall, Pembroke Pines City Hall Glass Gallery, Ann Kolb’s Nature Center, Hollywood Library, Hollywood City Hall, Florida International University, Parker Playhouse, Disney/SBA National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando, Wyland Galleries in Key West, Florida, Broward County Library in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Great Florida Bank in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Florida Yacht Interiors in Dania Beach, Hollywood City Hall and Hollywood Arts Park Visual Arts Pavilion. His websites are www.tdraving.com & www.thomasdraving.com.
My vision is perhaps a creative sight of the way things appear to people. I have seen many places in my travels. I have traveled throughout the United States, visiting many of the national parks. I have seen the East Coast from Massachusetts to The Florida Keys and West Coast from San Diego to San Francisco. I have been out of the country a few times, and for some reason, I feel most comfortable living in these little beach towns along the East Coast. I understand what people see in the cool sea air hitting your face with warm sand, the flapping of a sail on a hot summer beach day, a flock of seagulls laughing at the wind as the wind lifts them further into the sky, and the feeling you get when a large cruise ship blasts its horn. You are on the way to a cool, fun tropical island awaiting your hard-earned money for an icy island drink decorated with fresh fruit. People wait all year and some for 10 years to lull around South Florida beaches in their swimsuits & float out onto a warm blue sea relaxing in the Eastern or Western Caribbean. A memory of where they were or what they were doing to keep the thought of the good time they had is welcome to most people and a constant reminder that life is not all deadlines and hard work. There are times we deserve to get away, enjoy our beautiful world, the expansiveness of where we reside, and the wonder of human-made architectural structures.