While in undergrad, Paintograffy was a large focus of Thomas' work. As a photography major, he wanted to investigate the idea of interweaving different art disciplines to create new disciplines. In this case, intertwining photography and painting. In his studies, he posed models to represent famous paintings throughout art history and photographed them. He developed the film and, in the darkroom, he utilized paint brushes and chemicals to paint on the image that was to appear on the already exposed light sensitive paper. It was in the process of these developments that Thomas debates whether the work is then a photograph or a painting. He questioned the definitions of both painting and photography and whether or not they can co-exist to create something new, called Paintograffy.
These next few examples also fall under Paintograffy, but the subject matter has changed. Instead of posing models as famous paintings from art history, Thomas utilized marketing billboards and other advertisements that, in a public setting, seemed inappropriate or bizarre. These images were developed with black and white photo chemicals and utilized an alternative system of the developing process.