"As a realistic artist I am devoted to recreating dramatically, authentically the truth of historical events. My undeniable leanings toward artistic realism were realized through the experience of serving the United States Army as a combat artist in the Vietnam War and in Operation Desert Storm. I wish to leave as a legacy my portrayal of human events frozen in time."
LDS Religious Artist Frank Thomas was an official U.S. Army Combat Artist in Vietnam (1967) and one of only two official Army artists sent to the Persian Gulf to paint Operation Desert Storm (1991). His military paintings and art prints of the U.S. Army in battle are thrilling and dramatic, resulting from his combat experiences both as a field artillery officer and as an artist. They give a vision of action as seen through the eyes of a combat artist, and are found in the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C. His Civil War and Old West "Horse Soldier" paintings and art prints reveal an artist who rides, owns and knows the horse. Frank Thomas' art studio web site also offers his religious canvas paintings and art prints placed in LDS Temples and Church buildings. His paintings thus exhibited are a "high-water mark" to which many LDS artists aspire.