Intimacy by Thomas Blackshear is descibed Thomas Blackshear as consisting of an African-American woman who on one side held several masks near her face. This symbolized the bland or false masks people wear when they go into the world to socialize or do business. The other side of the woman's face revealded her beautiful gaze, a beam of light radiating from her body and a beautiful flower garden which represents the true color of her real self.
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Thomas BlackshearArtist Thomas Blackshear II, the son of an air force captain, was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. "Drawing was all I ever liked to do," says Blackshear. "While all the other guys were playing baseball or basketball, I was in my house, drawing." Thomas Blackshear pursued an interest in art throughout high school, securing a scholarship to the Institute of Art in Chicago. After a year there, he transferred to the nearby Academy of Art on another scholarship. While finishing his college education, he was recruited by Hallmark Cards. Thomas Blackshear and his wife, Ami, now live in Colorado. A much-honored painter, Blackshear has received many awards, including the Society of Illustrators's coveted Gold Metal. His highly awarded work also appeared in the Society of Illustrators Annuals and Outstanding American Illustrators Today, Volume Two.
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