Thomas is a commission based portrait artist whose work can be found in public and private collections. Working primarily in oil on canvas his work is informed by traditional and contemporary artists. He discovered his interest in portraiture during an artists residence in Romania, with the European House of Arts. In 2010 he received funding from the Arts Council England for a project titled "Face of the Community" in which he documented the experiences of local residents in Walmgate, York alongside painting their portraits. His painting "Dave and Glad" was shortlisted for the 2011 "New Light" award. Thomas is a father of two children and now works in his home studio situated near York.