Fine Art Transitions

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Wanted to turn part of my Florida Room into a studio after stumbling on art I created in 1990, my Reactor piece, while managing the Radiation Department office at Three Mile Island. Having fun merging my photographer’s eye and passion for fractals into the world of abstract expressionist acrylic painting since July. Artist Wayne Chambers threw some art materials my way, and, Voila! Below are some cropped canvas sample selections, in rough chronological order of their creation, beginning with my first painting: Potter’s Field. NOTE: This post updates with new art creations added.

Steven John Thompson
Potter’s Field, 2022, NFS
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson Jazz Dance For Alto Sax, 2022 acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
Steven John Thompson
jazz Dance For Alto Sax, 2022
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
South Beach Simulacrum, 2022, NFS
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
36 in x 48 in

Steven John Thompson
Catskills Getaway, 2022
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Koi Decoy, 2022
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Fade To Glory, 2022
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
18 in x 24 in

Steven John Thompson
Tribe Sodom, 2022
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Ancient Tributary, 2022
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Poppy Love, 2022
acrylic on canvas
18 in x 24 in

Steven John Thompson
Subterfuge, 2022
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Ochre Blues, 2022
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Origami Aviary, 2022
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Captiva Kerfuffle
Steven John Thompson
Captiva Kerfuffle, 2022
acrylic on canvas
36 in x 48 in

Steven John Thompson
Zarathustra, 2022
acrylic on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Steven John Thompson
Low Country Georgia, 2022
acrylic and acrylic gouache on canvas
16 in x 20 in

Flamingo Flux at the Crack of Dawn
Steven John Thompson
Flamingo Flux at the Crack of Dawn, 2022, NFS
acrylic on canvas
36 in x 48 in

Sometimes, your greatest inspiration will come through encouragement from people who believe in you; but, you cannot rely on that for your artistic growth, because when their deafening silence comes, and it will, at the end of the day, you must commit your talent and its direction to God and yourself, not to the varied, contrary opinions of others less invested than you. Nonetheless, it’s all still going strong here. Remember to rest, reflect, revise, repeat, and then rest.

As far as any argument or contention that oils are superior to acrylics because that’s what the Masters used, reality is, oils are all that the master painters had available in their day and age. If acrylics were available to them, many would have chosen them. Because of the many similarities between oils and acrylics, great painters in acrylics are likely to be great painters in oils, also.


Despite the paintings’ apparent lack of cohesion to the uneducated eye, these artists cultivated the interplay of skill and unplanned occurrences to determine the painting’s final outcome.

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‘Sold’ a modified print of Potter’s Field on Day One. Here it is, owner-framed.

So, happy with this new direction. Stay tuned for more…

Oh, and here’s a digital copy of Reactor. Original work is believed to be lost.

Steven John Thompson
Reactor, 1990
mixed media

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