About the Artist
Born into an artistic and devout Catholic family, Ira (ee-rah) Thomas grew up on the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was a nun in Catholic school, Sr. Mary Dukes who gave Ira her foundation in art. Later, she was tutored by the prominent Maltese artist, Esprit Barthet. While working in Malta as a certified, architectural draftsman she met her American husband. She came to the USA as a newly-wed at age 22. She considers her greatest work of art the raising of her children to embrace their Catholic faith.
Ira Thomas is privileged to be related to St Ġorġ Preca, her grandmother’s first cousin, canonized on June 3, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.