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Popular father, daughter artist team open Brentwood exhibit

Roses by the Garden Gate, a featured painting by Michelle Rideout

Fiery Gizzard, a featured painting by Tommy Thompson

A father/daughter duo of artists will be exhibiting a collection of their oil and watercolor paintings at Brentwood Public Library the month of October.

Tommy Thompson and Michelle Rideout were invited to conduct their second exhibit at the library, where their paintings will also be available for purchase. 

These two artists enjoy painting together at various locations—Radnor Lake; Cheekwood Gardens, and other sites in Brentwood, Leiper’s Fork, Monteagle, and Nashville. 

As the daughter of an artist, Michelle Rideout came to painting quite naturally, after watching over her father’s shoulders.

Rideout has been drawing since she was a small child with her artist father, Tommy Thompson. 

As a professional artist, she has studied with numerous prominent artists throughout the country, including watercolorist Carolyn Wright of Chattanooga; Nashville oil artist Jason Saunders; pastelist Pat Thompson of Franklin; Colorado oil painter Jeanne Mackenzie; portrait and landscape painter Dawn Whitelaw. Rideout was honored to have an exhibition of her paintings at Belle Meade Plantation Art Gallery in 2010, Brentwood Academy’s Fine Art Show in 2011 and the library in 2011. 

Oil artist Tommy Thompson’s pastoral landscapes are a blend of realism and impressionism and evoke a sense of peace. 

Thompson’s work has been juried into art exhibitions by Belmont University.

The artist’s paintings have been featured in Nashville Arts Magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Horses in Art. Thompson has studied with nationally renowned artists, Kevin Macpherson, Ken Auster, Kenn Backhaus, Roger Dale Brown, Scott Christensen, Jeremy Doss, Daniel Greene, Ned Mueller, Michael Shane Neal, Jason Saunders, and Dawn Whitelaw. 

He is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Landscape Artists International, and Nashville’s Chestnut Group. 

Posted on: 9/25/2013


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