Thompson is a real painter. He knows how to use color, line, and a sheer, seamlessly integrated, flat surface to eloquently express his feelings about the landscape. The lovely paint quality he achieves provides the work with a life force.... His drawings, too, possess an innate energy. Working traditionally through drawing as an expedient vehicle to explore ideas about his subject, he works as brilliantly in black and white as he does in color.
—Bonnie Laing Malcomson, Retired Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon