About the Book
Art of Joy is a portfolio book, my first book that speaks more in detail about me, my aims in my art and why I do what I do. It contains many other works not shown on my site; both color works as well as my works in pen and ink. You even get to see some of my childhood creations and my very first poster. It's a flying leap into my world.
Evoking the style and sensibilities of the golden age of posters, Thom Reaves creates paintings with a flair for the classic. Thom was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1966 and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. In 2004, Thom was diagnosed with bipolar illness and it has affected his art by establishing his point of view. Thom believes that his art is a gift that is meant to uplift those who view it and as such he has dedicated himself to focus on these things. Fueled by his lighthearted view of the joy of life, Thom mixes his love for classic design with bright colors and smiles to express ideas of whimsy and wit. Thom hopes that his art will in some way brighten the day of all who view it.