Sunday, June 10, 2007
"Jackson Hole Rock of Ages" represents a departure from the usual subject matter and style of Tommy Thompson. Thompson painted this original oil using only a pallet knife, and it is characterized by a thick texture overall. The artist was drawn to the scene during a visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming while on a painting trip. Appearing along the side of a Wyoming mountain ridge, this lone tree seemed to be seeking refuge beside the massive rock, having withstood the ravages of a long winter. This painting reminds us of the Bob Segar song, "Against the Wind," and the words from that song, "I found myself seeking shelter against the wind." This lone tree seems to be seeking shelter against the wind just as sometimes human beings find themselves seeking shelter against all manner of trials and tribulations of life.