I painted "Harpeth at Carnton" from a location within a few feet of the waterfall on the Harpeth that is near Carnton Plantation in Franklin,TN. In fact, I situated my easel so close to the river that my wife thought I was going to slide into the Harpeth, but happily I did not. Carnton was forever changed by the events of the Civil War. The home to John and Carrie McGavock became the largest Confederate field hospital and in several rooms heavy bloodstains still mar the floors. In 1866, the McGavocks donated two acres near their home as a final resting place for 1,481 Southern soldiers. Robert Hicks immortalized these events in his New York Times bestseller, "The Widow of the South."
At a very early age, Tommy Thompson was influenced to become an artist by his father, a former merchant marine, who created paintings of ships and landscapes, using colored pens. Although he has 30+ years of experience as an illustrator, Tommy Thompson prefers painting traditional landscapes and portraits in oil.
Thompson has studied under master portrait artists, Daniel Greene, Michael Shane Neal, and Dawn Whitelaw. His experience in landscape painting has been enhanced through study with Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, Roger Dale Brown, John Budicin, Scott Christensen, Paula Frizbe, Kevin Macpherson, Ned Mueller, and Jason Saunders. Travels to Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee,...
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