Thomas LockerThomas Locker (1937 — March 9, 2012) was an American painter and author He was born in New York City and died in Albany, NY.
At age six Thomas Locker was discovered and given an apprentice training in traditional European oil painting by painter Alberto Romano. His family then moved to Washington D.C., where his father worked as a lobbyist, and where, at age seven, he won first prize in the children's division of the Washington ''Times Herald'' art fair. Locker was graduated at the University of Chicago with an A.B. in Art History, later giving credit to his teacher Joshua Taylor, then Professor in that Department, later Director of the painting collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Locker then returned to Washington, where he received an MA from the American University, before travellng in Europe. Within a few years his more than fifty-gallery exhibition career began in 1964, at the Banter Gallery, New York City. After years of painting 17th C Dutch-inspired oil landscapes (selling through the Sears Vincent Price Gallery, Chicago), and working as a college teacher at Franklin College and Shimer College, Mt Carroll, Illinois, Locker began work for children's books, producing, from 1984, over thirty popular illustrated books--mostly written by him--for children and young adults in that unusual style, many of which became staples of school libraries, receiving the New York Times 'Best Illustrated of the Year' and the American Library Association 'Best Books for Children' and other awards. He also illustrated books for other popular writers such as Jean Craighead George.
However, following a near-death aneurysm, Thomas Locker returned to full-time oil painting of the sublime in the American landscape. Provided by Wikipedia