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The Commonwealth of Australia                             

The Australian Defence Force

The Anglican Church of Australia                             

The Marist Brothers

The NSW Police Force                                             

The Australian Army Maritime School

The Woolworths Group

The Bradman Museum

The International Grammar School

The University of Sydney

The City of Campbelltown

The City of Camden

Korowa Anglican Girls' School

St Gregory’s College

Macarthur Anglican School

The ACT Brumbies

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs FC

Cricket NSW

Cronulla Sharks FC

Essendon FC

Grey Silo GC, Canada

Hawthorn FC

Huntingdale Golf Club,

Melbourne Storm FC

Queensland Cricket

Queensland Rugby League

Parramatta Eels FC

South Melbourne FC

South Sydney Rabbitohs FC

St George Illawarra Dragons FC

Sydney Swans FC

Sydney City Roosters FC,

Western Suburbs FC


A Life’s journey – a woman, a mum, a barefooted battle-scarred warrior. Determination, dignity, compassion, suffering, love, courage – it’s all there. Dave has so brilliantly captured the power of the human spirit. This work of art is stunning and has a “presence”, a life of its own. It has been touring the nation since 2010 –inspiring and mesmerising its audiences while educating the public of the work that needs to be done. I’m so indebted to Dave for his generosity and will always be in awe of his extraordinary talent.


– Donna Carson 2004 Australian of the Year – Local Hero

Dave Thomas was the panel's only interview for my portrait, and by account, it took all of five minutes to declare he was the artist for my portrait. Spending time with Dave was a very enjoyable experience as he is incredibly friendly, funny and a joy to be around. His personality enabled me to speak about my self as I had never done before. The experience was most enjoyable and the resulting portrait truly captured my depth. This point was enforced by both my colleagues and my family.

– Major General Paul Buckley, Surgeon General, Australian Defence Force

The Hon. Leo McLeay was an enigmatic figure of Australian Government for decades. He was in incredibly strong man with absolute integrity. He was also a soft, kind and approachable fellow whose demeanour had an impact on those around him and The House in general. He is fondly remembered as a major contributor to the positive direction of Australian Government. Dave Thomas was able to capture all of these qualities in his piece, simply by spending a few hours with Leo and getting to know the personality, within the person. Dave Thomas and his manager are impeccably professional and have a very genuine way of making the process simple and enjoyable.


– Grantleigh Collins, Art Curator, Parliament House Canberra

Having my portrait painted by Dave Thomas was a most enjoyable experience. He quickly put me at ease and talked about what I hoped the portrait would convey - the discussions that ensued were relaxed, professional and positive. I was delighted with the portrait when I saw it as were those who commissioned it. A good relationship was established with Dave and we meet up from time to time.

- Riley Warren AM, Macarthur Anglican School

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