Trish Thompson

Contact Information

Phone: 215-569-3835

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please contact artist or gallery for purchases, commissions, etc.

Mixed Media

Film, photography, drawing, painting and experimentation with all are the ways I approach making art. My collages are made of found images, often with my photographs combined with paint, graphite pencil, pastels and many other mediums. In my work I start with edges and lines that move and weave their way through the work, finding their place in the context of the composition and its borders almost subconsciously. The organic connections between one shape and another are something of a puzzle that works out with exploration and experimentation. I think of it as a creative stream of consciousness, where I am building and creating a different kind of tension and structure, space and sensibility. The ambiguity of space and perspective are elements I use in much of my work in order to create images that immerse the viewer in the compositional relationships of the pieces, but wholly defined by his or her point of view.


Observation and exploration are my first passions and tools to unearth sources of inspiration for my photography and filmmaking. I am only just beginning filmmaking and plan to combine elements of all in the future, and will experiment with new techniques and approaches to continue a path to discoveries and capturing the visual moment. I am especially intrigued with the abstract and surreal elements of life that are mysterious and can lead to interesting compositions, and blending the layers of life.

Artist's Biography

Worked at Toby Lerner stores, 1976–1998 and became Vice President and Co-Owner, 1981–1998

2002 – 2003 at the American Academy in Rome with my husband, who had won a Rome prize that year. This is when I was able to make my art again.

Selected Exhibitions

Crown Jewels, Presidio Museum, San Francisco, CA

BLACKWHITEANDINBETWEEN, Tom Hlas, Trish Thompson, Wendy Wolf, 110 Church Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Gallery at The Mills, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery Exhibit 231, Philadelphia, PA

2002 – 2003
American Academy, Rome, Italy

Professional Affiliations

Member, InLiquid

Committee Member, Print Center Art Auction

Member, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Committee Member, The Design Center at Philadelphia University


2011 and 2012
Print Center Art Auctions, Philadelphia, PA

2009 -2013
InLiquid Annual Silent Auction Benefit, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

Critiqued the work of Fine Art Graduate Student class of Dan Dallmann, the Professor of Painting from Temple Rome – Tyler School of Art Temple University

Presenter, “Fine Arts, Fashion and Design,” American Academy, Rome, Italy

Lecture, Senior Fashion Merchandising Classes, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


1970 – 1974
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Awarded scholarship to study painting

Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA