Phil Thompson teaches Begining and Continuing Oil Painting at New Orleans School of Art and Craft. Learn more at

Thompson paints in oil, both polychrome and monochrome (sepia). His subjects range from simple still lifes, to nudes, landscapes, portraits, and cityscapes.

Thompson began his formal artistic training in the mid-1980s at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. In 1990, he won the Academy's Stuempfig Award for excellence. See other awards.

Thompson says he works in oil "because the medium is both malleable and durable. I can rework an image until I get what I want, and, when completed, it will last.

"Although my paintings are representational, I do not copy what I see. I try to emphasize what is important and to understate, or remove, what is not. I do everything I can to evoke feeling and mood."

A New Orleans native, Thompson lives in Metairie, LA. He can be reached at (504) 250-0612, or at or