Changing directions seems to come easy for Angela Trotta Thomas. In 1991 after a successful career as a commercial artist, Angela decided it was time for a change. She enrolled in Marywood University and earned a Masters Degree. That would have been enough for the mother of two young children, but along the way she also became the premier toy train artist in America and a one of the few women painters of classic automobile fine art.

She is the only artist ever to be licensed by famed toy train manufacturer Lionel Trains Inc. / Lionel LLC and has held that honor for many years. Her work has been featured on the cover of numerous national magazines and catalog covers. Her toy train art has been exhibited in the Smithsonian and Everhart museums, as well as the Sardoni Galley in Kings College and toured Japan as part of an American art exhibit. Her Rockwell like paintings have earned her the title of “The Train lady”. In 2000, Angela was selected to paint the cover for Centennial Catalog cover for Lionel LLC. This marked the first illustrated catalog cover since 1969. Since then her artwork has been featured each Christmas on a holiday boxcar.

In addition to toy trains, Angela has also featured classic and antique automobiles in her magnificent watercolor paintings. She has been selected four times as the feature artist of the “Concours d’ Elegance of the Eastern United States,” the first woman to receive this honor. The Antique Automobile Club of America has commissioned her for their Christmas paintings for many years and her elegant interpretation of automobiles of the classic era has resulted in her selection to create centennial paintings for the Packard, Pierce Arrow and Cadillac classic car clubs. Many of her paintings hang in both private and corporate collections to include Richard and Linda Kughn, Neil Young, Otis Chandler, MBNA Bank, Quest Health Care, Chrysler and Arrow Fastener Corporation.

Her paintings allow the viewer to experience a warm feeling, relive a fond memory or create a bond with the painting. Angela believes a successful painting must evoke emotion. This is where she derives her greatest satisfaction.

With these values in mind, Angela, once again has embarked in a new direction and with new a medium. Specifically, she has begun creating plein air oil paintings. But like everything she undertakes, this was not done without thought and preparation. She attended many world class workshops and studied extensively the work of the plein air masters, until she felt comfortable with the medium and the techniques she would employ to define her paintings. Only then did she feel ready to embark on this new path. Where would she begin this next artistic evolution?

As with many things in our lives, fate stepped in. Angela found Charleston, South Carolina and it was love at first sight! She was immediately captivated by the beauty and charm of the city and the warmth and friendliness of the people. Within months she bought a home and began exploring the shops of the downtown, homes in the Battery, the churches, streets and galleries. She explored the surrounding beaches, parks and plantations. She quickly met and became friends with many of the people she encountered in her explorations. Angela and her Westie, Lucy, became a common sight to many of the residents. It would be Charleston where the new journey would begin.

Using her love of the interplay of light and color and the unique perspective indicative of her work, Angela has truly captured the beauty and feeling of Charleston. From a sun filled morning in the Battery to the peace of a harbor sunset her paintings bring alive the feeling of being on a journey in Charleston.

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