"Three On The Road"
Margot Thomson, "Three On The Road," 1996, oil on canvas, 48" x 36".
By Shannon Heth
Margot Thomson captures "the atmosphere of her landscapes" in work that is informed by her childhood. A new artist to the Kurbatoff Gallery as of March, Thomson has been painting for over 20 years. Her oil on canvas landscapes express repeated themes and symbols, three of the most prominent being the body as a vessel, the landscape that surrounds the body, and the illusion of carnival. Although Elena Kurbatoff sees in Thomson's work a European flavour, the artist was raised in Saskatchewan and now resides in White Rock, B.C. A professional psychologist by profession, Thomson uses oil paints to create layer upon layer of expressionist meaning through the use of brushstrokes, texture and varying colour. Thomson has won a number of awards for her glasswork, and her paintings are in the collection at the Richmond Museum. Thomson's work is being highlighted throughout the summer at the Kurbatoff Gallery, Vancouver.