About The Artist

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Growing up in the Air Force, Don Thompson traveled all over the world, but it was in Southern Texas he developed his love of nature. From dawn to dusk he and his cousins were roaming the woods and swimming in the lakes and the river in Edna, his hometown, where they spent a large part of the summers whenever he and his family lived in the US. There were deer, squirrels, birds of all kinds, racoons, opossum, armadillo…the list goes on and on. The most recurring theme in Don's paintings came to be birds and their surroundings as he is passionate about capturing all the beautiful details.

Don is a self-taught artist. From the very first moment he picked up a brush as a young boy, he has always loved the feel of the paint at the end of the brush and the creation process, capturing subtle changes from one color to the next found in nature. The inspiration he finds all around him, sometimes just looking out the window into the backyard, seeing the sun move and change the light on and through the leaves and grass.

His working background is in nursing, as a Rescue Medic and Nurse in the Air Force, at a Trauma Center, Critical Care and managing an Alzheimer's Facility. Most recently, before retiring, he worked as an IV and Wound Care Nurse in Home Care, trying to make the situation better for his patients and helping them heal.

Don lives in Glendale, Arizona with his wife Carol, of almost 50 years. His first date was with her twin sister on Valentine's Day, but she had to study for an exam so Carol filled in. Don describes it as the luckiest moment of his life and about a year later they got married. They consider being parents of their two grown up sons an honor, and believe both of them fell in love with the perfect mate. They are also proud grandparents of a grandson and granddaughter.

Don's art is in a number of private collections in the U.S. and Europe.