I am not seeking accuracy in the literal sense, I’d rather elicit the reassuring feeling of my temporal place in this vast, immutable land.


Karen Thomson was born in 1953 in Montreal, Quebec. Growing up, she frequently visited the shores of Lake MacDonald, Quebec, a place that became a major source of inspiration. Thomson writes, “Perhaps it is the ancient rock and shifting light that attract me to finding a way, through painting, layering with beeswax, engraving, scraping and painting again to record the importance of this place.”


Thomson obtained a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts and French from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto. At the University of Western Ontario, Thomson studied with Paterson Ewen, her painting professor. His well-established artistic practice greatly influenced Thomson’s style. Her technique combines the reworking of the surface, such as engraving and scraping; and the layering of materials, such as paint and beeswax. 


Karen Thomson’s work can be found in many private and public collections in Canada, the United States, England and France. She lives and works in Montreal and at Lake MacDonald, Quebec.