Tommy Thompson of Florence, Alabama, was an architectural and commercial illustrator for more than 30 years before devoting all of his time to painting landscapes in oil. Growing up in near Starkville, Mississippi, instilled in him a love of nature which now finds expression in the area near the Tennessee River in Northwest Alabama. "Painting is so much a part of my everyday life that it would be difficult to live without it. . . . I ride the roads less traveled looking for the play of light and shadows on tranquil pastoral landscapes, beautiful horses, architectural structures, and people as they go about their everyday life."