Tommy Thompson has studied under some of the nation's top painters including Kevin Macpherson, Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, Scott Christensen, Ned Mueller, Michael Shane Neal, and Dawn Whitelaw. During 2007/08, he was invited to conduct four solo exhibitions by art associations in Birmingham, Guntersville, Memphis, and Nashville.
Thompson is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Alabama Plein Air Painters, and the Chestnut Group, a nonprofit alliance of landscape artists of Nashville, TN. The artist's childhood near Starkville, MS, instilled in him a love of nature. Now living near the Tennessee River in Florence, Alabama, Thompson receives inspiration for his landscape paintings from the natural surroundings.
Tommy Thompson Artist Statement: Painting is so much a part of my everyday life that it would be difficult to live without it. Regardless of where I happen to be, I am driven to paint every day. I've always been the kind who wanted to see what was around the next curve, over the next hill, or at the end of an interesting lane. Now I want to capture on canvas what I find on my journeys . I ride the roads less traveled looking for the play of light and shadows on tranquil pastoral landscapes, beautiful horses, architectural structures, and people as they go about their everyday life. My goal is to create artwork that connects with people as it did one day when a lady told me, I could not get your painting off my mind; I even dreamed about it. I hope that my paintings add a sense of peace and serenity to the lives of my viewers.