It was around 1970 at the age of 10 when I began drawing cartoon characters and people I saw on TV. I sketched the characters in the Watergate hearings as they were televised live at that time. I was encouraged when people recognized my renditions and complimented me. In some ways you could say Richard Nixon got me started in art.
I was born in a small industrial town in western NJ. The architecture of the old factories and mills is still vivid in my mind’s eye. The way that buildings and other man made elements of the environment collage together to make the fabric of a city or town appeals to me. I try to tell that story in my paintings.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design and went on to earn a Masters of Architecture. After a few years working as an architect, I began painting the subjects of the built environment.
Thomas BUCCI has been living in Washington DC and working full time as a professional artist since 1996. “It is a green city with lots of parks and low building heights. You can see the sky. I like the sky in my paintings!”
ABOUT My Work
Watercolor is suited to certain personality types. If you want absolute control over your work, watercolor is not for you. It’s possible to have a lot of control with watercolor, but that involves very slow and painstaking care. I choose watercolor for its quick gestural quality and spontaneity. You have to be willing to take risks to fully enjoy the potential of watercolor.
I like to work from life and on location, drawing inspiration directly from a subject. However what I see in front of me is only a suggestion and can be manipulated at will . A painting is not bound by light conditions, actual colors, or physical elements. I often move, eliminate, or add things to make a composition. I generally feel a painting is successful when I envision the result first and then make that happen. All else is just luck.
2018 Exhibitions and Awards
-Transparent Watercolor Society of America’s 42nd Annual International Exhibition, Kenosha Public Museum, Kenisha WI.
-Red River Watercolor Society, 25th Annual National Juried Watermedia Exhibition, Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, MN
-Art Renewal Center (ARC). Selected as a finalist in the Annual Salon.
-FabrianoInAcquarello, International Exhibition and Watercolor Conference in Fabriano, Italy
-Plein Air Easton, MD, juried artist
2017 Exhibitions and Awards
-American Watercolor Society’s 150th Annual International Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC
-Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor -Winner of the Dr. Donald & Helen Budd Burness Memorial Award
-Salmagundi Club’s Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition -Winner of the Thomas Mann Memorial Award
-Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 38th International Exhibition -Awarded an Honorable Mention
-Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s 117th Exhibition of Works on Paper -Winner of the Bonnie & Harrison vonDuyke Award
-Exhibition of Watercolors at Hill Center Galleries, Washington DC
-Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition, August/September -Best Watercolor, Jefferson Market Gothic
-Bucks County PA, Plein Air Festival, juried artist
-Chestertown RiverArts Plein Air Quick Draw Competition –Winner of the People’s Choice Award and an Honorable Mention
-Paint It! Ellicott City MD, Quick Draw Competition– Awarded 2nd Place (non-juried artist)
2016 Exhibitions and Awards
-Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Show
-Salmagundi Club’s Annual Painting & Sculpture Exhibition, NYC
-Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s Annual Juried Show -Winner of The Mildred Sands Kratz Excellence in Realism Award
-Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition, October/November -Best Watercolor, River Traffic Pittsburgh
-Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition, August/September -Best Watercolor, City Hall Philadelphia
Oher Exhibitions, Festivals & Awards
-Leesburg Fine Arts Festival, Leesburg VA 2015-2017
-Manayunk Festival of Art, Philadelphia PA – Best of Show Award 2008, Best Painting Award 2014
-McLean Project for the Arts, Strictly Painting Exhibition, McLean VA, 2012
-Central Pennsylvania Festival of Art, State College PA 2010
-Gallery 50, Rehoboth DE, Small Works Show, 2009-2010
-Contemporary Art Center of Virginia’s Annual Boardwalk Show -Best in Printmaking, 2009
-Rittenhouse Square Art Festival, Philadelphia PA 2009
-DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Project, Emerge Art Walk Graphic Mural, Washington DC 2008
-Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Signature Member
-Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Signature Member
-American Watercolor Society Associate Member
Corporate & Professional Collections
United States Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus
Royal Embassy of Thailand, Washington DC
United States Embassy, Swaziland Africa
Ritz Carlton Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Marriott Hotel, Crystal City, VA
Louis Berger International, Washington DC
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Washington DC
Capitol Hill Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC
Castle Hill Inn, Providence, RI
Marriott Hotel, Brussels, Belgium
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond VA
Old Post Office, Washington DC
M.A. Architecture, 1990, University of Maryland
B.A. Graphic Design, 1981, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania