Bruce has traveled and painted in Canada, Africa and Europe. An international perspective is evident in his approach to art and life. This is an artist who invites exploration, change, different voices and viewpoints. While acknowledging the significance of place for its role in the formation of character, Thorn’s artwork actively seeks outside influences, continual growth and a curious look into the unknown. Thorn also lived for ten years in Oregon, where the natural environment and old growth forests had a huge impact on his thinking. He became an avid hiker and wilderness back packer, bringing along paints and poems far back into the Siskiyou, Coastal and Cascade mountains. The mystery, balance and immense force the natural world became his points of departure and of return, the dynamo and theme of his artwork.
Thorn earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987. He has maintained a vibrant art practice throughout his life. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Czechoslovakia, Canada and the Netherlands.