The mainstream of American art has always been realism, and the watercolors of Thomas Puschock are strictly in that tradition. With his keen eye for detail, he has created a record of the rapidly disappearing bits of the American scene. However, his paintings are more than detailed recordings of what once was. His sense of color, composition, and mood enables him to record his subjects at precise moments in time. The viewer feels the warmth of an Indian summer afternoon as it bathes the white clapboards of a well-kept house and barn, or senses the coming winter in the rain-washed, crystal light of a September dawn.
It is that quality of mood that has earned Puschock over 100 awards since he began to paint in watercolor in 1979.
In August, 1990, ''Up for Repairs,'' a marine painting by the artist, was presented to President and Mrs. George Bush by the honorable John McKernan, then Governor of the State of Maine. The painting is now part of the permanent collection hanging in the Bush summer home here in Kennebunkport.
Puschock's works are included in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. Tom currently resides with his wife and family in Portland, Maine.