About Thomas Bucci
I grew up in the Delaware Valley in Western New Jersey. I went to art school and earned a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. After graduation I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. Inspired by a passion for buildings and cities, I went on to earn a Masters of Architecture. After a few years working as an architect, I returned to painting with a new vision as a result of my experience. I have been living in Washington DC and working full time as a professional watercolorist for the last 21 years
I love the fluid quality of pigment suspended in water. Broad washes of color suggest form, while definitive brush marks conjure up details. I work plein air as much as possible. The time limitations of painting outdoors require crisp washes and confident details. Though I prefer working plein air, I also think it is important to do studio paintings. The relaxed environment of the studio allows me to work larger and to take more time with brushwork. Things learned in plein air painting inform studio work and vice versa.
Rather than depict something literally, I imagine a subject as I would like it to be, interpreting both the obvious and the obscure beauty of the world into a language of paint and paper. There is magic in everyday life, and I want my pictures to reveal that.