ANGELA TROTTA-THOMAS     "Cattle Drive"       12x16"   $1,700      (Available for presale)

In 1991 after a successful career as an illustrator, Angela decided it was time for a change. She enrolled in Marywood University and earned a Masters Degree. That might have been enough for a young mother, but along the way she also became the premier Lionel toy train artist in America and one of the few women painters of classic automobile fine art.

She is the only artist ever to be licensed by the iconic toy train manufacturer Lionel Trains / Lionel LLC and has held that honor for the past twenty-six years. Her work, which has been featured on covers of numerous national magazines and catalog covers and has been exhibited in the Smithsonian and Everhart museums. In 2000, Angela created the cover for the Centennial Catalog for Lionel marking the first illustrated catalog cover since 1969. 

In addition to toy trains, Angela has also featured antique automobiles in her paintings. She was selected four times as the feature artist of the "Concours d' Elegance of the Eastern United States," the first woman to receive this honor. Many of her paintings hang in both private and corporate collections to include singer Neil Young, Richard Kughn, Otis Chandler-owner of the LA Times, MBNA Bank, Quest Health Care, Chrysler and Arrow Fastener Corporation.

Angela has been dedicated to documenting Lionel’s iconic history for the past 26 years. To that end Angela has recently released a retrospective book of many of her Lionel Train paintings entitled  PAINTING AN AMERICAN ICON, THE LIONEL TRAIN ART OF ANGELA TROTTA THOMAS

Angela moved to Charleston SC ten years ago and since then has developed a following for her low country paintings.  Her depictions of the local history and its people have resonated with collectors both in Charleston as well as the rest of the country. She is very well known for her low country children’s portraits.