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John Allen Thompson HS, MPSGS - American Miniature Painter [Deceased]

Throughout his life, some creative enterprise occupied John daily. When he was a small child he made drawings of characters from the Sunday comics. In the Eighth grade he produced a book of portraits of all the US Presidents. John was the Art Editor of his high school Senior Yearbook and illustrated it with his class cartoons and candid photographs. He co-authored with his sister, Marie Eberle, his family biography "The Thompson Twiggs"(1980) which contained his drawings of landscapes and portraits copied from old family photographs. During his career as a soil scientist with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, he produced detailed maps, three-dimensional landscape block-diagrams and landscape illustrations for technical publications. As an avocation he painted portraits. Upon retirement, John devoted full time to portrait painting, poetry and other artworks. A teacher, Annette Polan, at the Corcoran School of Art, encouraged had encouraged him to pursue miniature portrait painting. Developing my skills as a Miniaturist became the passion and sustenance of his life.

As time passed, his intimate association with Miniature Art, with Miniaturists worldwide and with a special creative persons kept him growing as an artist and a person.

John held one-person shows in Washington, D.C, and Maryland. He exhibited in many major exhibitions, including the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington D.C., and the Miniature Arts Society of Florida in the US, and the Royal Miniature Society and Hilliard Society in England. He regularly won awards for his work and was President of the MPSGS.

John Thompson died on 12th March 2009

Pathos: miniature stone sculpture by John Allen Thompson
Stone sculpture
3 x 2 x 1.5ins [7.5 x 5.0 x 3.8cm]
miniature painting: Winter at 4716 Waverley by John Allen Thompson
"Winter at 4716 Waverley"
Oil on ivorine
4 x 5.5ins [10.2 x 14cm]
The Miniaturist [portrait of the artist]: miniature painting by John Allen Thompson
Self portrait "The Miniaturist"
Miniature portrait: Fascination
Oil on Ivorine
2 x 3.5ins [5 cm x 9cm]

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