Painting Big Skies
We see the value God puts on His creation,
and it points directly to Him: Doug Thompson.
Fine artist Doug Thompson grew up with his neck cricked back, taking in the ever-changing cloud formations
that dominated the Western skies of his
childhood. Now based in Whitby, Ont.,
Thompson conveys that sense of awe
of creation in highly charged paintings
of atmospheric effects, whether they be
scenes of low-lying fog, stormy skies or
immense prairie cloudscapes.
“I like vast spaces,” says Thompson. “[In
my paintings] I want to generate enough
drama to stop people in their tracks, to create
a sense of grandeur.” Despite other artistic
ventures, depictions of big skies account for
90 per cent of his work. In classic Thompson
paintings land and sea act as a showcase for
the breathtaking heavens above.