David Thompson

I am a largely self taught painter though much encouraged by one or two sympathetic artists I have met either online or in person. Above all I am inspired by the great realist art of the past from the Italian and Flemish Renaissance through to the golden period of the Pr-Raphaelites and beyond in the late nineteenth century. Above all I want to represent the beauty of nature, in all its forms, and to give praise for the wonderful uplifting effects that beauty can have on the human spirit. To this end I paint portraits and figures and still life trying to express my reverence for the world around us. I have in mind always the words of Swinburne regarding a picture by the great Victorian figure painter Albert Moore; “one more beautiful thing is born; its meaning is beauty and its reason for being is to be”