Janet R. Thompson grew up in the southwest and attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in Commercial Art. She relocated to the east coast where she studied pastel portraiture with Daniel Greene at the Art Students League in New York City. She works in photography studios as a colorist and became a member of the National Guild of Scientific Illustrators, the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, and several local art societies in the east.
Thompson spent 15 years in the jewelry business until retiring to Creede, Colorado, where they opened a gallery on Main Street of that small mountain town. Her work now hangs in collections around the world and her limited edition prints are becoming highly collectible. During the summer months, Thompson teaches pastel painting workshops at her Creede studio. She spends her winters teaching workshops in Tubac, Arizona.