About Thomas DePorter
Thomas began his style of drawing at the age of 19 when he drew a picture of his dog, a doberman pincher. During college, he drew commissioned portraits of horses for avid equestrians, the "horsey" equivalent of "dolly fans". His art "career" was put aside to finish college, then to finish medical school, and residency, and active duty military service, and twenty years of private medical practice. Then, recently, Thomas' precious wife, Julie, an art collector, was given a gift of a Blythe doll by the sweet and talented artist Despina Geronymaki. Julie fell in love with Blythe, (as is known to happen!) She asked Thomas to help in photographing her dolls in various unique settings, which is part of the "sport" of Blythe dolling. The dolls proved to be professional models, popping to life and looking spectacularly in every setting, (leading Thomas to believe he was a great photographer). He quickly learned to appreciate the ethereal mystery of Blythe dolls, changing their expressions and emotions with the slightest turn of the head or change in lighting. The same doll in one lighting appeared to be pouting, and with the slightest change of the light or angle, to be laughing. One such doll, named Isolde, a creation by Amy Artemenko of Zaloas Studios, inspired Thomas to want to draw her. Modeling opportunities with photography were limited by available settings, props, outfits, and other factors. Thomas believed that drawing allowed him to put Blythe in any setting his creativity could come up with. On New Years Day, 2015, he had the idea to draw Isolde in the role of Proserpina, as painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, (one of Thomas' favorite Pre-Raphaelite paintings). The success of that drawing reawakened Thomas' love for drawing. Drawing Blythe dolls particularly, has been the perfect union for Thomas' love of drawing, his love of romantic art, and a way to walk with his wife, Julie, in the magical space of Fairy Land.