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 Thomas Walter Pickard  (1865 - 1953)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/California/Michigan/Ontario / Canada      Known for: impressionist landscape painting

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Thomas Walter Pickard   1865-1953

Thomas Pickard was born in Galt, Waterloo, Ontario, the son of William and Ann Walter (Johns) Pickard. By 1890 he was living in Columbus, Ohio, where he became widely known in the carriage manufacturing business. His artistic education is unknown, but he was considered an extremely talented artist and kept a studio at his home. Local newspaper articles commented on his abilities and his obituary referred to him as “the dean of Ohio landscape artists”, although only local exhibition records were known.

His obituary comments that “for years he made annual pilgrimages to California, painting pictures enroute,” and that he “often visited his native Canada for the background of his winter scenes.” In an article written during a visit to California just prior to his death in 1953, Pickard comments on his ability to sell his work, stating; “The grandeur of nature cannot be improved upon.  There is no point in trying.  Therefore, artists should paint what they see, with imagination and feeling, of course.” 

The artist painted in oils exclusively and used a palette he made for himself at the age of 23 when he was in the buggy manufacturing business in Columbus, Ohio. Pickard was a charter member of the Pen and Pencil Club, a lifelong member of the Columbus Lodge of Elks and was a past president of the Columbus Newsboys Association.

The artist was visiting his sister in Detroit at the time of his death in August of 1953, where he succumbed to congestive heart failure after a fall. 

Submitted by Edward P. Bentley, Art Researcher, Greenville, Michigan

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Biographical information from Census records, his Obituary, and the Long Beach Public Library.    


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