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THOMAS JOSEPH is a ‘real person’ named Thomas Joseph Stephenson.
He still lives in Carrickfergus (the rock of Fergus) on the shore of Belfast
Lough (Belfast Lake), Ireland. Some people say he works very hard and
likes painting many subjects including silly sheep, landscape, and
sometimes people. If you are passing through Northern Ireland you can
sometimes see Tom working in his studio/art gallery, the Court Yard Gallery
in Carrickfergus. He enjoys the ‘crack’ (that is Irish for fun) or a yarn or two.

Carrickfergus is also famous for its Castle where King Billy (William of
Orange an important ‘gentleman’ of Irish politics) landed in 1690 and is
reputed to have had some lunch beside the Castle, before traveling through
Belfast on his way to battle.

The British peerage title of Baron Carrickfergus, which had become extinct in
1883, was bestowed upon Prince William on his wedding day on 29 April
2011.

Thomas Joseph enjoys painting many subjects including landscapes and
people, however his specialty lies in painting comical sheep. Thomas
Joseph created the humorous paintings “The Whimsical World of Thomas
Joseph” featuring sheep and other barnyard characters. Recently, a
publication stated ‘The long lonely journey as a delivery driver on country
roads led to the creation of ‘The Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph’ . he
(Tom) found himself talking to sheep’. Tom wants it to be clearly understood
that he does not talk to sheep and never did talk to sheep.

Thomas Joseph uses a country primitive style, with simple lines, bright
colors and a knack for understated humor to bring his characters to life. The
rural countryside of his home in Ireland is the inspiration behind his popular
collection of specialty gift products.

Maybe it is not a surprising thing to find that many people around the world
seem to like sheep, or maybe they just like Tom’s sense of humor. Thomas
Joseph has built a fan base that spans the globe. Anyway the journey will
continue and hopefully many more sheep will appear in paintings over
coming years?

Much of the information gleaned about Thomas Joseph comes from Alana
Marketing.
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