Thomas Torak is a modern master painter working in the classical tradition. His paintings are known for their breadth and luminosity, rich color, and lively brushwork. He studied at the Art Students League with Robert Beverly Hale and Frank Mason and began teaching portraiture and figure painting there in the fall of 2008. He has won gold medals from the American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, and the Academic Artists Association, and a silver medal from Allied Artists of America. He teaches Painting from Life and Portraiture at the Art Students League. You can see his paintings on his website and read his thoughts about the art on his blog Dammi I Colori.