Gerry Thompson was born in and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She spent several years in Alberta, Canada, where she taught music at a college and where she also earned her Associate Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music as a Solo Performer in piano. There she began her teaching career. It was also during that period that she first picked up a paint brush. Since that time her passion for painting has never diminished.
Painting and music are my lifelong loves. Music was an integral part of my daily living while growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia with my eight siblings. My performing on the piano began at an early age. Later I gradually added violin, accordion, organ, and synthesizer.
After my son was born I picked up a paintbrush, and to this day my passion for painting and drawing has never diminished. My own three children grew up in a home that was filled with music and visual art. This has positively influenced their individual specific career choices and interests.
Teaching is also one of my loves. To see a budding artist or musician grow and excel gives me great joy. I do not believe in the philosophy of “I don’t have any talent”. If a person has the desire, the tenacity, a positive open mind, and a good work ethic, one can become accomplished in his or her chosen field of interest. I believe that we do our best creating in a positive and relaxed atmosphere. My best advice to myself and to my students: “Paint the easy stuff first. The rest usually takes care of itself. Paint what you see, not what you think you see”. It is the reason why I continually rotate the paper or canvas while the painting is in progress.
I paint in several mediums – oil, acrylic, watercolour, and mixed media. Subjects that inspire me usually have one or more of the following attributes: strong contrast between light and shadow, combinations of natural and artificial light, unique textures, close-up perspective, interesting color combinations. Although my finished works are realistic in style, my method of creating is to paint abstract shapes.
Within that context I paint the world around me as I see it at that particular time in my life.