"Standard Gauge" 18"x24" Limited Edition Artist Proof Giclee
"Lackawanna China" 12 x 24 Oil on Linen
"Pink Barrettes" 16 x 20 Oil on Linen
"The Rose" 16 x 12 Oil on Panel
"Packard at the Plaza" 29.5" x 23" Limited Edition Artist Proof Giclee
"Dreamland" 36 x 24 Oil on Linen
"Brass Engine" 24 x 20 Oil on Linen
"A New Start" 24 x 20 Oil on Linen
"Cattle Drive" 16 x 12 Oil on Canvas
"All Aboard!" 36 x 12 Oil on Board
In 1991 after a successful career as an illustrator, Angela decided it was time for a change. She enrolled in Marywood University and earned a Masters Degree. That would have been enough for the mother of two young children, but along the way she also became the premier Lionel toy train artist in America and one of the few women painters of classic automobile fine art.
She is the only artist ever to be licensed by the famed toy train manufacturer Lionel Trains / Lionel LLC and has held that honor for the past twenty-five years. Her work, which has been featured on covers of numerous national magazines and catalog covers and has been exhibited in the Smithsonian and Everhart museums. Her paintings have earned her the title of “The Train lady”. In 2000, Angela created the cover for the Centennial Catalog for Lionel LLC marking the first illustrated catalog cover since 1969. Since then her work has been featured, annually, on a holiday boxcar.
In addition to toy trains, Angela has also featured classic and antique automobiles in her paintings. She has been selected four times as the feature artist of the "Concours d' Elegance of the Eastern United States," the first woman to receive this honor. The Antique Automobile Club of America has commissioned her for their Christmas paintings for many years and her elegant interpretation of automobiles of the classic era has resulted in her being selected to create centennial paintings for the Packard, Pierce Arrow and Cadillac classic car clubs. Many of her paintings hang in both private and corporate collections to include Richard and Linda Kughn, Neil Young, Otis Chandler-owner of the LA Times, MBNA Bank, Quest Health Care, Chrysler and Arrow Fastener Corporation.
The lynch pin of Angela’s art is her ability to bring emotion into her work
Her paintings allow the viewer to experience warmth, relive a fond memory or create a bond with the painting. Angela believes a successful painting must evoke emotion. This is where she derives her greatest satisfaction.
Angela, the only artist ever licensed by famed toy train manufacturer Lionel Trains, has been dedicated to documenting Lionel’s iconic history for the past 25 years. To that end Angela has recently release a retrospective book of many of her Lionel Train paintings entitled Painting an American Icon, The Lionel art of Angela Trotta Thomas.
Angela moved to Charleston SC nine years ago and since then has developed a following for her low country paintings. Her depictions of the local history and its people have resonated with collectors both in Charleston as well as the rest of the country. She is very well known for her children’s portraits.
She has recently created the cover art for Pat Branning’s latest cookbook entitled “Pullin Pots”, which will be released later this year.