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Gerald Thompson

Oil, Watercolor, Pencil

In 1967, after completing Which Road?, a pen and ink drawing, I declared myself an artist. I was 16. Gerald ThompsonMy home environment felt very special because most of the paintings in our home were created by family members.


In 1974, I received a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Riverside. During 1976–1978, I was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching Chemistry in Kenya. My water color skills improved as I captured new and exciting subjects in Africa. At the end of my assignment, I completed my around the world trip by traveling through Asia to San Francisco.


I was now keen on pursuing an art career. I studied Illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and worked as an analytical chemist. Eventually, I was all-in with Chemistry and received a Masters in Chemistry from San Francisco State University in 1988. For the next 24 years, I worked in the analytical chemistry and computer software fields.


In 2013, I retired and my loving wife, Winnie, suggested I build an art studio for our mutual use. I finished the studio by the end of 2013. Now, I enjoy pursuing artistic expression.


I seek my ever increasing ability to observe clearly and record impressions accurately. My ability to visualize abstract concepts helps me achieve a unique artistic result.