The artist known as theartist creates portraits in several styles that are so distinct it might be hard to believe they are from the same hand. His subjects are sometimes famous people in the news, but more often they are the individuals he comes across in everyday small town life. Many of the pieces are painstakingly drawn with pencil on wood. Others have facial features contructed from discarded metal cans and hundreds of tiny nails. Sometimes the figures are super-realistic, sometimes caricatures, sometimes abstract. In his "everyman" portraits, the subjects are represented with simple bodies that share a common size and shape. There are often details about the subject’s life or events in the artist’s own life written in an elaborate graphic style on the front or the back of the portraits. You may see his name signed on earlier work as John Thomas. theartist lives with his dog Theresa whom he refers to as his daughter. An art environment of carefully arranged reclaimed scrap materials is continually evolving inside his fenced yard.