Thomas McKnight is the first artist I ever learned about. It was in the late 1980s and living near Miami, my mother wanted our house to look more Floridan. So, a large white sofa and a framed McKnight picture were bought.
My mother also bought a book of his work, titled “Thomas McKnight’s World: A Vision of Earthly Happiness”. And though the couch is long gone, the book remains on her coffee table.
In the book, McKnight describes how he thinks every life has a leitmotif-a guiding vision. His was the search for paradise and you can see his search in his work. He paints pictures of interiors looking out into paradise or exteriors in locations like Venice, Mykonos, Long Island, and Europe. McKnight then creates silkscreens and may use as many as fifty-two different colors in an individual silkscreen. His prints are then sold as limited editions.
Often, you can see a sliver of moon in his pictures, which when I see one in nature, I always refer to it as a “McKnight moon”. On McKnight’s website, http://www.thomasmcknight.com, you can learn about McKnight’s newer work.
To learn more about silkscreening, check out Martha Stewart Weddings Summer Issue. There is a great section with some simple silkscreening projects.