Jody Thompson to give Art Talk & Painting Demonstration
Saturday, September 12, 10am to Noon

NASHVILLE— Still life and portrait artist Jody Thompson will give an art talk & painting demonstration at Haynes Galleries on September 12, from 10 am to noon. This special event is in conjunction with “Art Nashville,” Haynes Galleries’ current exhibition, a showcase of artists who hold Nashville close to their hearts. The show has been extended until September 26. 

Thompson’s work featured in “Art Nashville” creates a buzz among gallery visitors, especially the miniatures measuring no bigger than 3 x 3 inches. Thompson enjoys the challenge of creating a compelling still-life composition within such a small frame. He chooses his subjects from things he has within reach— knick-knacks, weathered boots, old baseball caps, fruits and vegetables— in his studio. The quirky and playful subjects of Thompson’s paintings add a modern twist to the still life tradition.

For his demonstration, Thompson will be in the gallery sharing his knowledge of techniques and his process while he paints. It will be an interactive session where the audience can ask questions as well as enjoy watching the artist at work.

A native Nashvillian, Thompson was born and raised in here then moved to New York to study at the Art Students league under the late Mario Cooper. He continued to hone his craft in Salem, New York at the studio of Daniel E. Greene. He also spent a summer in France, studying at L’Ecole Albert Defois with his wife and fellow artist, Pat. Thompson credits these mentorships as opportunities that changed his life and art forever. 

Thompson now teaches the fundamentals of drawing and painting with his wife Pat at their studio in Franklin, Tennessee. They offer classes in the traditional style of painting that they practice. Thompson’s teaching philosophy is to share what he has learned with everyone. His classes are usually filled with artists of all levels and he offers individual instruction.

Both the event and exhibition are free and open to the public and is one of several events featuring the artists in “Art Nashville,” which will remain on view until September 26.