Pupil of, Thomas Hart Benton, 1938-1941.
He was a student of Thomas Hart Benton while at the Kansas City Art Institute in the late 1930s and took up the technique of egg tempera painting, a rediscovered medium popular with Regionalists. After World World War II, Regionalist art fell out of fashion, replaced by Abstract Expressionism. In 1966, Philip Desind, a Maryland art dealer, discovered Medearis" work and encouraged him to return to painting.
Medearis painted new works until his death in 2001.
Medearis" paintings and lithographs can be found in the collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Artist He also has a painting hanging next to one of Thomas Hart Benton at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
With United States Navy Department, 1942-1945, Army of the United States, 1945-1946.
Married Elizabeth Burrall Sterling, January 16, 1976. 1 son, Thomas Whittier, III.