Alma Woodsey Thomas was an African American artist and art educator who lived much of her life in Washington DC. Art scholars consider her an Expressionist painter, who until recently, was under appreciated for her important contributions to the movement.
Using color and repetition, Thomas’ paintings evoke a lively sense of movement. They are, curiously, both spontaneous and carefully rendered. A fundamental structure persists through each work, while the individual brush strokes take on a language of their own.
In 2015 (37 years after her death) one of Thomas’ paintings was chosen by the Obama family to hang in The Old Family Dining Room.