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Abe Lincoln Smiling

Andy Thomas

Many call Andy Thomas the "Storyteller" and if you have ever had a chance to view his work you might just agree. Currently he is telling many stories with his action filled western art. These pieces are bringing the cowboys back to life as well as the American West history. In the past, Andy has painted many subjects from a picnic by the river, kids playing sports to a brutal bear fight. All of his paintings end up telling you, the viewer, some kind of story of our lives.

Abe Lincoln Smiling


Abe Lincoln Smiling


14 x 11 print

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Photographs of Abe Lincoln show a melancholy face, and Lincoln was certainly known to be a melancholy man. But, he was also a man imbued with a great sense of the humorous. When reading some of his quips and stories, I often find myself laughing out loud. His wit was original and timeless. He was known to tell crude, earthy stories which show a very human side to a man of greatness.

Photography in Lincoln’s day required long exposure times, and models were asked to hold very still. Consequently, most models didn’t smile. In Lincoln’s last photographs, when the war was going well, he was captured in the infant stages of a smile.

“I wanted to paint Abe with a smile, as if he had just told me a good story or a clever observation.”