21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015 | Silas Thompson


Silas Thompson, End of the Day, oil, 18 x 24.

Silas Thompson, End of the Day, oil, 18 x 24.

Art Education: Apprenticeships with Robert Moore and Caleb Meyer.

Style: Impressionistic.

Creative Spark: The beauty in God’s creation is what ultimately drives me to paint. I am constantly amazed and inspired by what my fellow artist friends are working on and creating.

Other Passions: Marbles.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I’m a little hard of hearing, but I disguise it by nodding and laughing. It doesn’t always work.

Best Advice Received: From Robert Moore: “Shapes, shapes, shapes.” From my dad: “Give direction to your heart.” And a proverb: “Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; stop giving your attention to it. As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears. For it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.”

Biggest Fear: Pride, unbelief, and selfishness.

Pet Peeve: Motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets, news reporters, and closed roads.

Quirkiest Trait: I only like salt on my food if administered by the cook.

Manta or Motto: “A person, who is full, tramples on a honeycomb. But to a hungry person any bitter thing is sweet.”

Favorite Studio Music: Josh Garrels and Jon Foreman.

Future Goals: I hope to be able to pass on the same blessing of apprenticeship to other young artists. I’ve always dreamt of hiking the Appalachian Trail and Idaho’s Centennial Trail, and backpacking abroad while painting and taking photographs along the way.

Price Range: $300 to $12,000.

Representation: Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT; Hueys Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM; Mountain House Décor & Framing, McCall, ID.

Featured in the September 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine–click below to purchase:
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