Thomas was a significant contributor to the modern movement in Australia. A member of the contemporary ‘Group Twelve’ she exhibited with artists such as Russell Drysdale, Eric Thake, Jessie Traill, Dora Wilson, Rupert Bunny and George Bell.
Thomas studied at the Bell/Shaw School,and was considered to be one of the better students. Her colleagues described her as a ‘real’ artist not a ‘dabbler’.
In the 1940’s Louise shared a studio in St James Building with Miss Bell, Mabel Crump and Marjorie Woolcock.
Artist Harold Herbert stated in the ‘Argus’ on the 16th June 1937, Thomas “Shows her best work in Still Life”.