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(Image: Earnest D. Thomas)

Artist of the Week: Earnest D. Thomas

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating?
Earnest D. Thomas: I have been creating fine art for 16 years.

Do you work with other mediums?
My primary mediums are canvas, wood and metal.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I'm principally an abstract artist where the process is a silent conversation with myself and the material being used where one action informs the next.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
The inspiration comes from things that I see — color, shape, texture, relationships.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Yes. There is a piece that I did a few years ago called "Mystic Symbol." It is very simple in construct but makes a strong statement.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Being part of Onyx Fine Arts Collective has challenged and encouraged me to continue to communicate through fine art.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
My artwork can be found in Gallery Onyx in the Pacific Place in downtown Seattle and my website

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
It is said that an art piece is never finished in that one can always add to it, so I just embellished a piece that I've had a few years. Ideas for new creations continue to present themselves, and I'm always excited to see the results of another completed piece.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
I don't drink coffee, but I do drink herbal teas to which I often add honey or agave.