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Boca Raton artist Colleen Thompson created the cover art of Mr. Spot, a Shiba Inu, for this issue of The New Barker. Her medium of choice is watercolor. She has always felt a connection with Georgia O’Keefe and her life’s story. A Georgia O’Keefe quote puts art in perspective for Colleen:


“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way…things I had no words for.” –– Georgia O’Keefe


WHAT I KNOW...an interivew with Colleen Thompson.


I have always enjoyed creating art since I was a child. I preferred sketching and drawing to reading. Back in high school, I realized if I were going to continue my education, it would have to be at an art-based college.


After Art College I went to work as a graphic artist and photographer. I’ve worked as an art director for several organizations. I always loved watercolors and in 2003 started taking classes in Delray Beach with Chuck Passarelli. Owners of The Boca Beach House promote and display local artists’ works. Last year, they asked me to exhibit, so I started taking my painting seriously, and set up my own studio.


I started painting during studies at the Atlanta College of Art (now the Savannah College of Art). I took numerous drawing, photography and design classes (never a painting class). To my surprise, my early (and on-going) inter- est in color theory has


sustained and enhanced every painting to date. I graduated, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in graphic design and photography.


A Michigan native, I graduated from West Bloomfield High School. I took drawing classes at the Center of Creative Studies in Detroit before moving to Atlanta to attend Art School.


Sadly, I was not allowed a dog when I was young, but as an adult, I couldn’t imagine living without the love and companionship of a dog in my life. Rhett is my 14 year-old “rescue” Golden Retriever and the only other male in our house besides my husband George (we have three teenage daughters). When Rhett was younger he would follow me into the garage. When I went back into the house, he would jump up and push the garage door opener, let himself out and go visit my neighbor, Tina VaLant, who found him for me through Golden Retriever Rescue.


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