Greg Thatcher; Plein Air Artist

Welcome to my gallery. It features “pleine aire” drawings in pencil, pen and ink, mixed media, and prints inspired by the avenues of yew trees in Saint Mary’s Churchyard Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. I am fascinated with these trees and I try to work there yearly on location. I received my BFA in printmaking from the University of Victoria B.C. Canada and my MA in drawing and painting from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Canada.

My full curriculum vitae (resume) is below.

Curriculum Vitae

  • University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, B.F.A. with Distinction
  • University of Saskatchewan, Canada, M.A. in Painting and Drawing
Selected Invitational Exhibitions Invitational
  • San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
  • Theater Art Galleries, High Point, NC
  • Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • University of Nevada, Reno, NV
  • Institute for Creative Arts, Fairfield, IA
  • Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA
  • Burlington Art Center, IA
  • Olsen-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, IA
  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • ICON Gallery,  IA
  • "Line Iowa Exhibition", Blanden Memorial Museum, Iowa, Gallery 52, Iowa, Galesburg Civic Art Center, IL. 2019-2021
  • Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, IL
  • Galesburg Art Center, Galesburg, IL
  • Gloucester Society of Artists Summer Show, Painswick, UK
  • Art Burst 2017, 2019, Painswick, Gloucestershire, UK
Competitive Exhibitions
  • Augustana College, IL
  • Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IA
  • Des Moines Art Center, IA
  • Muscatine Art Center, IA
  • Quincy Art Center, IL
  • Memphis State University, TN
  • Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Art Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Canada
  • Haydon Gallery, Lincoln, NB
  • Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Central College, Pella, IA
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • The Art Center, Iowa City, IA
  • “Galex 49 and 50”, Galesburg Art Center, Galesburg, IL
  • “Small But Mighty”, at Prairie State College, Chicago, IL
  • “13th International Drawing Annual Competition”, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • “Arboreal International Exhibition”,  Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • “Bi-Annual Competitive Exhibition”,  Figgi Museum 2017, Davenport, Iowa
  • “Tri-State Biannual Competitive Exhibition”, Quincy, Illinois
  • “Arborecent”,  Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue NY 2020
  • “Shades of Gray”  Art Room online gallery. 2021
  • “2021 All Botanical”, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, 2021
Gallery Artists’ Exhibitions
  • The Art Collector, San Diego, CA
  • Wenninger Graphics, Boston, MA
  • Vernon Gallery, Giverny, France
  • Cornerhouse Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Percival Gallery, Des Moines, IA
  • Fiery Beacon Gallery, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England
  • Touche Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
  • Teeple Hansen Gallery, IA
  • ICON Gallery, IA
  • Mindy DeHudy,Contemporary Art, Needham, MA
  • Burford Garden Centre, Buford, England
Selected One-Person Exhibitions
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, IA
  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,Canada
  • University of Iowa, “Project Art,” Iowa City, IA
  • Institute for Creative Arts, Fairfield, IA
  • Maharishi International University, Fairfield, IA
  • Gallery 108, IA
  • Open Space Gallery, Victoria, B.C., Canada
  • Maharishi University of Management, "Retrospective", Fairfield, IA
  • Burlington Art Center, "Retrospective", Burlington, IA
  • Iowa Wesleyan College, "Retrospective", Mt. Pleasant, IA
  • Southeastern Community College, Burlington, IA
  • Blanden Memorial Art Museum, "Memory of Place", Dodge, IA
  • Iowa State Bank, Fairfield, IA
  • Fidelity Financial Corporation, Boston, MA
  • University of Saskatchewan, Sask. Canada
  • Farm Bureau Insurance, Des Moines, IA
  • Guild Investments Management, Santa Monica, CA
  • Blanden Memorial Museum of Art, Fort Dodge, IA
  • Marathon Photo, IA
  • Conference Calls Unlimited, IA
  • Scientific Systems, Boston, MA
  • Hon Industries, Muscatine, IA
  • Bill Teeple, Director ICON Gallery, IA
  • Maharishi School, Fairfield, IA
  • Scientific Systems, Boston MA
  • LISCO Internet Services, Fairfield, IA
  • Aroido de Riengo, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Dodici Restaurant, Washington, IA
  • Center Point Investments, IA
Awards and Grants
  • 1975 Saskatchewan Arts Board Summer Grant.
  • 1975 & 1976 Saskatchewan Arts Board Commission for Mural in Department of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan.
  • 1976 Saskatchewan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Athletics Grant to tour major eastern museums in US and Canada.
  • 1991 & 1992 Iowa Artists Council Mini-Grants for printmaking collaboration in England.
  • 1992 Iowa Artists Exhibition, Special Recognition for Works on Paper, Des Moines Arts Center, IA.
  • 1997 Blanden Memorial Museum of Art, Purchase Award, Fort Dodge, IA.
  • 2005 Emerald Gallery, Special Recognition Award, IA.
  • 2006 Iowa Art Council Mini-Grant for Greg Thatcher Retrospective Catalogue and Exhibit.
  • 2014 Successful Kickstarter, "Plein Air of the Sacred Yew", financed a month of drawing in England.
    2017 “ArtBurst” Painswick Gloucestershire, U.K. Second Place Award
  • 2021 “2021 All Botanical International Exhibition”, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Merit Award.
  • 2021 “Dorling Kettering/Penguin Books new edition of International Trees. Publishing date March 2022. Mixed media drawing “Tree Boughs” to represent yew trees.
  • Work featured in INDA13 (2018) and INDA14 (2019), the International Drawing Annual book published by the Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, and produced for international distribution.
Professional Experience

University of Saskatchewan, Canada (Extension Division):

  • 1976 Lecturer, Art Appreciation
  • 1977 Lecturer, Painting and Drawing

Maharishi International University:

  • 1979-1982 Instructor, Department of Art
  • 1982-1984 Assistant Professor, Department of Art
  • 1984-1996 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art

Institute for Creative Arts, Fairfield, IA:

  • 1984-1988 Director ICA

Maharishi School:

  • 1988-2014, Art Department Chairman
  • 2014-2018, Part-time Faculty

Maharishi University of Management:

  • 2016-present, Adjunct Faculty

Recent Work

Yew Trees #119 BW - Greg Thatcher
Olive Tree - Greg Thatcher Gallery
Yew Boughs - Greg Thatcher Gallery
Yew Boughs #2 - Greg Thatcher Gallery

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