While Thomas is a Grand Rapids native, he has spent time in Portland, Chicago and Atlanta. He studied Architecture at Portland State University earned a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on Architecture and 3D Design. Thomas has previously worked as a stage lighting specialist, with art(n) Laboratory of Chicago creating installations shown around the world, and independently creating renderings for campaigns in Dwell, Elle Decor and Atomic Ranch.