“Thomas Fluharty?” said the editor holding my portfolio under his arm as he opened the door. “Don’t ever bring this crap around here again…Come on in.” Immediately I was ushered in and was walking down the hallways of MAD Magazine, where I would be awarded my first cover in 1995. Other magazine assignments followed and so began my freelance career.
After moving from New York City to Minneapolis, the New York Times called and things took off from there. Clients include the Village Voice, TIME, DerSpiegel, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, Fisher Price, and Coca-Cola. Some of my favorite work is done weekly for the Weekly Standard.
My work has been selected by the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, and Communication Arts. I recently won a gold medal for my portrait of Hillary Clinton in Spectrum, the best in contemporary fantastic art. One of my TIME cover hangs in The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and I currently have five covers featured in the international traveling show “The Art Of DerSpiegel, Cover Illustrations Covering Five Decades.”
I live in Prior Lake, Minnesota, where I am happily married to Kristi. I have five awesome daughters.