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Beauty isn't in the eye of the beholder. It's something I have a gift for capturing. See for yourself.

Jimmy Thomas,
Sole Proprietor, Decatur, TX
Wildlife and Landscape Photography


Jimmy Thomas
817-475-6397
jt@fwbasin.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1208
Decatur, TX 76234 



Over 45 years of Photography Experience

WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

Jimmy Thomas

IXTLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Modern Day Renaissance Man

 

Jimmy Thomas was raised in a small western town where he started his journey of becoming a modern day renaissance man by receiving his first religious training from a cowboy chuck wagon cook, Richard Bolt, who became a self-taught Baptist preacher.  Jimmy’s introduction to photography was with a black & white camera he received in junior high during the 1960’s where he soon progressed to developing and printing his photos.  He spent most of his free time during his high school days outdoors hunting and enjoying wildlife however his free time was limited due to his work at the local grocery store which started at 7 am mopping the store and ended at 7pm except Saturdays where the store closed at 8 pm for a full 67 hour week which was only interrupted during the day with his school time.


After finishing high school Jimmy tried attending electronics school and junior college but he ended up enlisting in the Air Force where he was trained in electric instrument systems and worked KC-135’s and B-52’s.  While being stationed in Okinawa, Japan he learned scuba diving in 1973 and enjoyed scuba diving in the East China Sea.  He continued to carry a camera and was able to photo much of his adventures during this time.  After receiving an honorable discharge in 1974, he went back to working in the grocery business and started attending college and with no focused degree plan, he changed his degree from Oceanography, to Philosophy, to Business, to Science and tended to study whatever was his interest at the time. 

Jimmy decided to change his career in 1978 from the grocery business and tried working in the health insurance business with his uncle.  Selling health policies was a very unpleasant time but he was able to become partners with his uncle and started working more in management and marketing.  He received the distinction of the Registered Health Underwriter certification during this time.  Being unhappy with the health insurance business he discovered the oil and gas exploration business.  After raising funds for another company, he started his own exploration company in 1983 and successfully drilled and developed a small gas field in Parker County, TX just before gas prices declined.  With gas prices down, Jimmy focused on his education and completed a General Studies degree, Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Geology at Texas Christian University.

Jimmy successfully sold a large exploration project in Parker County and which has produced well over $200,000,000 of natural gas.  Jimmy has given many professional talks throughout the country on exploration and the oil & gas industry where he was awarded the I.A. Levorsen Memorial Award in 2003 for one of his presentations.  He was also the founding Chairman for the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientist and was reelected for an unheard of second term.  Jimmy sold some of his gas interest and went on to again form his own company and developed and has  produced a successful oil field since 2008 in Cottle & King Counties, TX which he still operates along with continued oil & gas exploration.

During his oil and gas career he achieved a Purple Belt in Karate, an EMT certification, FCC Amateur Extra Radio license, Level II certification in Cave Rescue, studied wilderness first aid and worked with the local fire departments where he was awarded Fire Fighter of the Year by the Hudson Oaks Volunteer Fire Department and Parker County Fire Fighters Association.   Finally in 2012 he became a Master Scuba diver and is also certified as an Emergency First Response and CPR instructor.

Jimmy has now focused his efforts on wildlife and nature fine art photography where he uses his life experiences as a modern day renaissance man to create art that expresses his philosophy and views of life based on his love of the outdoors and wildlife.  He established a framing and matting business which will display his fine art photography in a professional gallery.

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