A landscape artist in the American tonalist tradition, Thompson created southern views in a light-filled post-Impressionist style. He was born in Palatka, Florida, and moved with his family to Massachusetts, where he studied at the New England School of Design. In 1930 he moved to the South Carolina/Georgia lowcountry. He was head of the Beaufort Art School, the Savannah Arts Club, and Association of Georgia Artists. From 1940-1941, he taught art at Coker College. In 1942 Thompson moved to his wife's native Mayesville, South Carolina, where he continued to paint at his home and studio, "Road's End in the Pines," in the Salem Black River community of Sumter county. In the 1930s and 1940s, he exhibited at Gibbes Art Gallery, Telfair Academy, Coker College, and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, and in New York City at the Macbeth, Milch and Ainslie galleries.
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