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Rodney Thompson is an artist located in Bend, Oregon. A Texas native, he grew up gaining artistic inspiration through comic books and cartoons. As an adult, Rodney’s passion for creating art led him to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. There he studied fine art and simultaneously discovered his greatest sources of inspiration through the works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Sargent and Schmid. Throughout Rodney’s course study, his focus shifted from illustration to fine portraiture. These combined sources of inspiration, from comic books and classical masters, have been the foundation of his life as an artist.
Rodney explains his work by saying, “I always try to emphasize the eyes because they, more than anything else, speak truthfully from the soul. I don’t like to tell a story as much as I like to express a feeling, and my hope is that it incites an emotion within the viewer.”