In his youth, he was inspired by an art teacher to do something with his art. He first thought was to be an art teacher but after careful consideration he pursued as graphic design. In high school he participated in art contests and events at local colleges winning 18 awards his senior year of high school. In 1982 after graduation, he was accepted and enrolled into Colorado Institute of Art.
Moving to California to start his professional career, he began working in fine art supply sales as a retail manager. Later his life lead him to Laguna Beach where he became curator of a intimate gallery that hosted over 50 artists in San Juan Capistrano.
Palm Springs has a rich history of movie stars and musicians. inspiring Rich to paint the entertainers he remembered from his youth, The community interests give him an opportunity to present art that brings smiles to people's faces or brings back happy memories. After completing commissions for local resorts, he grew his business to include private collectors.
Rich Thompson's current exhibition benefits the Down Syndrome Film Festival being held at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City. Thank you for joining Rich and The Roost by supporting The Down Syndrome Film Festival by adding more art to your collection from this tallented fine artist.
Cheers ! And enjoy the show!!!