Clear of the Storm, (polytych – 12 panels), monotype, 2014
Imagery of stormy weather as a metaphor for personal introspection is the central theme of Thomas Saffle’s exhibition, “Clouded Reflections.” Life’s tribulations nearing, happening, or passing are reflected as distant thunderheads, enveloping storms, and passing rain clouds. The atmospheric skies are symbolic of the artist’s life and of his personal trials real or illusory in these black and white drawings and prints.
Thomas Saffle was raised in Blacksburg VA and attended college at the Penn. Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to receive his BFA with a major in painting in 2003. Before moving to Arizona to attend graduate school at the University of Arizona he lived in New York City working as an art handler and engineer for Crozier Fine Arts. Thomas hopes to earn his MFA from the U of A in the spring of 2015.