Biography

 

Thompson is most known for her golf art. In 2002, she created the official commemorative oil painting "THE BLACK COURSE – Bethpage, Over the Years, N.Y." Prints of it are still available while quantities last. In 2003, the United States Golf Association commissioned Thompson to paint the commemorative poster for the 2004 U.S. Open, held at Shinnecock Hills, New York. In 2005 she was chosen again, for the 2006 U. S. Open poster for Winged Foot Country Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.  On March 13, 2009 Thompson was also selected for the poster painting which, will be held at the Black Course, Bethpage, New York in June 2009 . In 2013 Thompson painted her first U.S. Women’s Open poster for the event at Sebonack Golf course in Southampton, New york. There is only one, of each of these 4 commemorative paintings in the WORLD.  The originals are 24” by 36”. Her work is exhibited in the USGA Golf Museum in Far Hills, New Jersey.

Her vintage “Lady Golfer at Timber Point, N.Y.” is being sold all over the world.

In 1984, Thompson designed the graphics for the official National Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue Poster in Washington, D.C.   President Reagan signed a copy of it which Thompson cherishes.

Now Thompson is also painting local scenes including lighthouses. The Montauk Lighthouse painting and her other works are available in note cards, limited edition prints, on paper as well as embellished prints on stretched canvas, (11 inches up to 8 feet wide). She can also personalize the prints.

Bohemia, Long Island, N.Y. native (and also of Naples, Florida), Elaine Thompson earned a degree in graphic design from the State University of New York in Farmingdale and also studied at Southampton College, Parsons School of Design, Hofstra University, Dowling College, and Suffolk Community College. Before devoting herself to oil painting, she worked as an art director, muralist, book publisher, author, and illustrator. Thompson has primarily worked in politics, with governments and also with fire departments for 40 years. Her interest in history originated from her ancestor, President Ulysses S. Grant who was her father’s cousin. Her father, Frank Ryder, was a Son of the American Revolution.

Thompson has won many awards including five “Best on Long Island”Awards”. In 2010, SUNY College President Dr. Hubert Keen, awarded her the “Most Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award”.

Presently she has over 20,000 collectors of her art. Notable collectors of her art include President Ronald Reagan, Congressman Steve Israel, New York State Governor George Pataki, Congressman Rick Lazio, Congressman Tom Downey, NYS Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro, NYS Assemblywoman Ginny Fields, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Bill Lindsey, Nassau County Executives Thomas Suozzi and Ed Mangano, and Suffolk County Executives Steve Levy and Steve Bellone.  Supreme Court Justice Peter F. Cohalan unveiled her 2009 U.S. Open Bethpage painting. U.S. Open winners Lucas Glover 2009 and Geoff Ogilvy 2006 have her art.

Elaine’s other significant projects include:

  1. New York State first STOP DWI Campaign, (graphics and concept)

  2. First Recycling Campaign in the country (graphics and concept)

  3. Holbrook (N.Y.) Fire Department’s 8’ x 11’ mural with 11 oil paintings

• Wrote and designed the Bohemia (N.Y.) Fire Department’s 100 year history book “A Century of Service”

• New York State Parks ad campaign design for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged

• Suffolk County, N.Y.’s 300th Anniversary logo and coin

• “Walk America” designs

  1. George Washington’s Visit to Long Island – 200th Anniversary book and coin design.


Thompson can paint your family, pet, car, boat, house or a painting of your choice of your favorite scene or maybe you on the golf course of your choice. Thompson is currently painting the Statue of Liberty.

Thompson is available as a guest speaker for art groups, libraries, and community organizations. She shares her knowledge on the ”Business of Art and Art Law” and “Promoting and Selling Your Art”.

For info call Elaine Thompson

631-589-0069    www.thompsonart.us    etcreation@optonline.net

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