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Known for his work in egg tempera, S. Mark Thompson creates luminous still lifes and figures in a photo-real style. He also does etchings, completing all processes himself. He is a native of Colorado and works high in the Rockies out of a studio filled with objects including musical instruments. He has been a soccer coach and a teacher at the Art Students League in Denver.
He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in commercial art and then worked as a commercial artist in Chicago. Returning to his home state, he earned a Master's Degree at the University of Northern Colorado and taught high school for ten years before turning to full-time art in 1981.
He prefers egg tempera for its richness, historical associations, and crispness, which allows intricate detailing. He mixes his own paints and works on quarter-inch Masonite. His subject matter is increasingly still life, because he has trouble finding models, having used his wife and sons who tired of posing.