Trish Thompson

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Artist Statement

My intent is to paint from memory. My ambition is to make visible the invisible. I use acrylic paint, graphite, charcoal and gesso  in my paintings. Layering, scraping out and collage are techniques to enrich the surface and create interesting textures. I never know what the work will look like in the end. It is painting by discovery.

Trish Thompson's work is a constant discourse between representation and abstraction, and between icon and index. That is, she explores the way image replicates nature while retaining the gesture - in impasto, color and texture- of the artist's hand. Thompson experiments with layers of representation, and is constantly attentive to the dialogue of the process as it unfolds. Although she sometimes works in series, there is a distinct sense of identity to each painting, as each is the unique result of a specific impression, using a slightly different medium, and composed during a different set of circumstances. Thompson's sensuously tactile surfaces urge us to remember we are experiencing a work of art. There are allusions to three-dimensional motif, but the marks, indicative of process, reinforce the object's two-dimensionality. 

According to Phoebe Smith, the luminous natural image "seduces the viewer ineluctably to suspend disbelief and experience the painting as reality, felt reality." 


Trish Thompson has been represented by Arts on Douglas since its onset in 1996. She recently retired from her position as professor in the Cultural Arts Department at Daytona State College, where she taught painting, design, and art appreciation courses. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland; Florida State University Museum of Art, Tallahassee; Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences; Mount Dora Center for the Arts; and Pensacola Museum of Art. Thompson’s work is also included in public and corporate collections in Orlando, Atlanta, London, Japan, and the President’s Palace in Bogota, Colombia.