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Kim Thompson was born on the south coast of England and brought up in an art-loving family. She trained in wildlife illustration at Dyfed College of Art, where two years in the heart of the Welsh countryside broadened and reinforced her knowledge of animals and birds and the importance of conservation. Graduating with a Distinction in the late 1980s, she established herself as an illustrator and wildlife artist. Her career in this field has brought her many varied commissions and illustration projects.
Specialising in equestrian subjects and natural history, including birds, animals, reptiles and amphibians, Kim Thompson is asked to paint a wide variety of creatures. She has worked on wildlife projects for Marshall Cavendish and International Masters Publishers and also illustrated book jackets for publishers including Macmillan Books. She has also produced artwork for Marwell Zoological Park and her original paintings have been exhibited and sold at both Sothebys and Christies fine art auctions.
Working primarily in acrylic, Kim Thompson often paints to commission with most of her equestrian paintings being commissioned pieces. Her work is characterised by a close attention to detail and realism. A love of her subject is obvious from her paintings and she confesses to often feeling lucky working in such a challenging and rewarding field.