Silas Thompson

Silas Thompson (b. 1990) was raised in Idaho. His passion for drawing and painting was instilled at an early age, fostered by his parents and manifest by the filling of countless sketchbooks and refrigerator magnets. Setting out on annual backpacking trips with his father, he began to treasure the distinct birthmarks and icons of beautiful rivers, valleys, and mountains that carve through the high desert and vast farmlands of the West. His desire to create work that evokes a memory continues to be a driving force to push Silas to be innovative and to look for new ways to create the illusion of solidity, time, and emotion. However, it is the distinctly imputed beauty in creation that points him constantly to God for continued inspiration.

After college he continued his education by strengthening his fundamentals and work ethic in painting through five years of apprenticeships. He would be remiss to not to give credit to his beautiful wife and friend, Bianca, from whom he receives his greatest support.

“The Sun rises and the sun sets; panting, it returns to its place where it rises” As an artist I long to interact, invent, and grow each day striving as in pursuit of the sun. Not in vanity, but striving to put every day to use. I long to capture a moment, a memory, a thought, a shadow of a likeness to point toward something better, something truly beautiful. I paint my place in the midst of time… forgiven, satisfied, and full of joy. What I long to achieve in painting is a conversation. Not a lecture and not gibberish, but give and take. I want to bring the viewer only so far. Like a good mountain guide. I want to show them things that they have not seen and then let the viewer enjoy a conclusion. It is a fine line that exists between rendering and abstraction. I prefer to toe that line, losing edges yet maintaining integrity.

Selected Publications
  • Western Art and Architecture – “Ones To Watch” Aug-Sept. 2015
  • Southwest Art – “ 21 under 31 “ Sept. 2015
  • Plein Air Magazine (Outdoor Painter) – “Why This Works” June 2015
  • Plein Air Magazine – “Painting Structures and Cityscapes” Nov. 2015
  • Plein Air Magazine – “Planes, Trains, and Cars” June. 2016