Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth.   Referring to a very good and honest person or group of people. The original acrylic on canvas painting is 18″ x 24″ and available through Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia PA  http://www.bluestone-gallery.

Salt of the Earth 18″ x 24″



Blind Man’s Zoo

Blind Man’s Zoo.   Based on the old story about seeing the whole truth. The original acrylic on canvas painting is 26″ x 30″ and available through the Artful Deposit Gallery. 609-298-6970

Blind Man’s Zoo 26″ x 30″

The Six Blind Men and the Elephant (An Indian parable) 

Six blind men came upon an elephant in a clearing. The first one grasped the elephant by the trunk and declared that the elephant was very much like a snake. The second man ran into the elephant’s side and said no, the elephant is quite like a wall.

The third man had the elephant by the tusk and said you are both wrong, the elephant is sharp like a spear. The fourth man handled the elephant’s ear and said the elephant is very much like a fan. The fifth man grasped the elephant around the leg and swore the elephant was like the trunk of a tree. The sixth man had the elephant by the tail and was sure the elephant was exactly like rope.

So the men were all right but they were also wrong as they did not have all the information.

The moral of the story is that there always may be some truth to what someone says. Sometimes we can see that truth and sometimes not. It teaches us to be tolerant towards others for their viewpoints. Hopefully this allows us to live in harmony with people.



Are you ready for Summer? Bathing Suits.

Bathing Suits and the backyard pool. These are sure signs of the warm weather and Summer on the way. Here in New Jersey the week will end up in the high 80s. Lawn mowers are going, pools are being opened and the gardens are planted with high hopes of bountiful dinners. Summer is my favorite season. This painting is available through The Artful Deposit Gallery, 609-298-6970.

Bathing Suits 20″ x 24″

Lucy the Elephant and the Steel Pier. Two NJ Landmarks !!

This original acrylic on canvas painting 16″ x 30″  is available now at the Artful Deposit Gallery. 609-298-6970.×30/

Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Margate City, New Jersey, two miles (3.2 km) south of Atlantic City. Originally named Elephant Bazaar, Lucy was built to promote real estate sales and attract tourists. Today, Lucy is the oldest surviving roadside tourist attraction in America.

The Steel Pier is a 1,000-foot-long (300 m) amusement pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Begun in 1898, it has been one of the most popular entertainment venues in the United States for the first seven decades of the twentieth century, with concerts, exhibits, and an amusement park. It billed itself as the Showplace of the Nation and at its peak measured 2,298 feet (700 m).

Lucy the Elephant and the Steel Pier 16″ x 30″

The Braiding Party. Thomas Kelly supports Care Couture Hair Art Show fundraiser. Join the fight!

The Braiding Party. 24” x 30”. This painting was created for and will be offered in a silent auction at Care Couture 2017. Care Couture is an annual Hair Art Show held to raise funds and awareness. 100% of the funds raised purchase wigs for people fighting through chemo treatment. Please join in the fight. Sunday night, February 19 at Mercer County Boathouse. Please contact me for more info. Hope to see you there and good luck winning the painting.

The Braiding Party 24" x 30"

The Braiding Party 24″ x 30″

New painting to The Artful Deposit Gallery, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Hands Like a Heart 16″ x 14″

“The heart-hand symbol means something between ‘I love you’ and ‘thank you,’  “It’s just a sweet, simple message that you can deliver without saying a word.”   In times like these a little symbol of love and understanding can go a long way. Please contact the Artful Deposit Gallery for more information. 609-298-6970.



New Thomas Kelly interview in Studio Tour Magazine

The Stonethrowers (36″ x 36″)

Please see my interview in the brand new Studio Tour Magazine. The magazine features Artists in their studios and hits them with some very good questions. I usually do not speak much about my work, but this interview made me really think about where I am with painting. There are some photos of my studio as well. Grab a cup of coffee for the read!!

The magazine is the brainchild of artist Thom Reaves who has an uncanny insight to bridge the gap between artists, their audiences, collectors and casual viewers. Thanks for stopping in!! See available Thomas Kelly work here:




Thomas Kelly endorses

Staring Contest with stretcher bars.

Staring Contest with stretcher bars.

For all the painters!!

Behind every beautiful painting should be strong support! I am endorsing French Canvas and stretchers . Straight, strong poplar wood stretchers, in all sizes. They also have pre-stretched canvases and panels. Pennsylvania grown wood, New Jersey manufactured. Try them. 10% off your order with promo code FRENCH10 . I love them.

Pictured is Staring Contest, acrylic painting on canvas, with French Canvas poplar, medium stretcher bars.

Thomas Kelly looks back to Simple Entertainment

The Jesters (30 x 36)

Thomas Kelly exhibits recent painting The Jesters at The Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown. Tired of the long American election cycle, Kelly reminds us of a simpler time when amusement was live and fun. This original painting is available, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 36″. Available at the


Thomas Kelly news article on the Bethlehem House Gallery

Staring Contest (20 x 24)

Staring Contest. 20″ x 24″ Now on view in the Spring Show at The Bethlehem House Gallery, 459 Main Street, Bethlehem PA 18018. 610-419-6262      Through July 9.  See all the work at