Keith Thomson 

Contemporary Painter

Keith Thomson grew up in a farming community in the Qu’Appelle valley near Craven Saskatchewan, Canada. After high school he followed his artistic interests by attending and graduating from the four year Commercial Art course at ‘ The Alberta Institute of Technology and Art ‘. In later years it was renamed to ‘The Alberta College of Art and Design’. After working in the commercial Art field for seven years, doing Print Work, logo design, and fashion drawing for two of Canada’s leading retail stores, he was invited back to the Alberta College of Art to be an Art instructor in the Visual Communications program. He taught the Commercial Art program as well as Life Drawing, Anatomy, Silk Screening, Reproduction Camera and Watercolor Painting. He taught for 25 years at the College of Art and for 10 of those years, he was the Head Program Coordinator of the Visual Communications program. After 25 years of art instructing he retired to follow his passion of watercolor painting.  His medium of choice has always been watercolor, due to its versatility, fast drying properties, and capacity for detail. Through his many years of painting with subject matter such as farms, farm animals, back alleys, landscape, and a passion to paint aspen trees, Thomson has evolved a truly personal style, uninfluenced by other school of art, to a distinctive image that has a classic understanding of composition, design, and the dramatic use of color. Even though many of his large watercolor paintings are produced in the controlled atmosphere of the studio, he has spent countless hours painting and sketching on site. He does not use or copy any digital image as he feels it stymies the true creative artistic process of the imagination.


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