21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Stephanie Thomson


Stephanie Thomson, Falconry Bells, oil, 9 x 12.

Stephanie Thomson, Falconry Bells, oil, 9 x 12.

Art Education: I’ve chosen to study with master artists personally since graduating high school three years ago, rather than entering a traditional art school.

Style: When I paint, I strive not to consider style. Instead I ask myself what quality of my subject is exciting my interest, and I paint that.

Creative Spark: As perhaps the most easily pleased person you’ll ever know, everything is a creative trigger for me. I’m truly fascinated by everything, and I see ideas for paintings even when my eyes are closed.

Other Passions: Falconry. I’ve been a licensed falconer for six years, and I name my birds after master artists.

Best Advice Received: To work hard, to paint with intention, to check my ego at the studio door, and to paint everything.
Biggest Fear:
I try not to think about what I’m afraid of and take every opportunity instead. One fear I can’t seem to shake, however, is of the day my palette knife breaks.

Mantra or Motto: I strive to live with integrity, kindness, and resourcefulness.

Favorite Studio Music: It changes. Last summer I spent weeks listening to audio books about the economic climate of third-world countries. I favored classical music over the winter, and I spent some time with Harry Potter in the spring.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Everything Anders Zorn ever did kills me with its beauty.

Future Goals: To continue to live just outside of my comfort zone and remain a student of my pencil and paintbrush forever.

Representation: www.stephaniepaigethomson.com.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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