Canada, Standing Tall & Strong
48 in X 36 in
Acrylic on Canvas
Gerry Thompson, second generation Canadian, along with her nine siblings, was born in and grew up in Vancouver. Her parents were of Norwegian ancestry. Their home was filled with music and laughter.
She spent several years in Alberta, Canada, where she taught music at a college and earned her Associate Degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music as Solo Performer in piano.
After her son was born she picked up a paintbrush, and to this day her passion for painting and drawing has never diminished.
In 1974 Gerry and her family moved to Abbotsford, BC. She continued to teach piano and music theory, also training student teachers in her studio, Thompson Studios. During those years she played violin in the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra.
She graduated from the Fine Arts program, majoring in Painting and Printmaking, at the Fraser Valley College, now the University of the Fraser Valley. After teaching watercolour painting in the Continuing Education Department of the college for several years, she moved back to Vancouver. Gerry has been featured on the cover of the Alumni magazine.
Gerry is an award-winning artist, and her paintings are found in corporate and private collections throughout the world. Her numerous awards include the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Bronze Medal and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour’s Doris McCarthy award. Her painting The Gathering #3 has been accepted in the American Watercolor Society’s 150th Anniversary International exhibition, held in New York in April, 2017.