Thomas Tai is a Canadian painter of Chinese origin. Thomas holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Michigan and has taught math for over forty years. Today, he lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife and son. He is a self-taught painter, having learned the rudiments of painting techniques by studying the works of Leonardo da Vinci. He was awarded the title of Senior Signature Status (SFCA) by the Board of Governors of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
His favourite medium is oil on canvas. He focuses on colours, tonal values, and design. His paintings are described as “impressionism-realism”. They are rich in colour with varied, individualized brush strokes. To achieve this effect, Thomas uses the wet-on-wet and traditional oil painting techniques. Combining these painting methods with the use of brushes and painting knives allows him to fill his paintings with exquisite colours and details.
To Thomas, subject matter alone does not make a painting, despite his emotional response to his subject. Composition and background are also integral to the finished work. He believes nature offers an infinite variety of subjects to challenge any artist, and the viewer should see beyond what is shown on the canvas. Many of his works carry a luminescent blur, where light brings forth brilliant colours. Thomas creates an atmosphere that genuinely presents his subject when he paints, always aiming to duplicate the beauty of nature or the personality of people or animals. His painting titles encourage people to feel the essence of his works.
戴日光，生于中国，是一位“印象写实主义”画家。他拥有密歇根大学（University of Michigan）的科学硕士学位，已经教授了40多年数学。他并且获得加拿大艺术家联盟(Federation Of Canadian Artist)高级签名会员SFCA的席位。现与夫人、儿子侨居加拿大温哥华。
他自学成才，通过观察研究达芬奇（Leonardo da Vinci）的画作学习基本绘画原理。硕士毕业后，戴日光广泛游览了美洲和亚洲的自然景观。这些旅行启迪了他对自然的热爱之情，这是他的绘画艺术中的一大闪光点。