Description A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.The standard for the name 'mushroom' is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word 'mushroom' is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) on the underside of the cap. These gills produce microscopic spores that help the fungus spread across the ground or its occupant surface.
Richard Thomas, Santa Rosa Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement I was born Richard Thomas 70+ years ago in Southern California. Art has always been my passion, especially painting with acrylics, oils or water color. As well as drawing. Studied architectural drafting and design at San Bernardino Valley Junior College between 1968 and 1970.
By June of 2004, Richard Thomas retired from the retail meat cutting trade. After all my chores were done at home I started another career working in a local camera shop to supplement my retirement income. There I discovered another art form - painting with light. Digital photography makes it incredibly simple to capture the beauty of God's creation. The first thing God created was light. Without light there is no color. God is light and in Him there is no darkness.