Thompson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. After receiving her undergraduate degree Thompson continued her education and completed a Master of Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, studying with Margo Kren.
Thompson has exhibited her paintings throughout Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Thompson’s most recent works are glimpses into a family history that deals with the changing role of women. Reflecting on the lessons her mother learned from taking the Du Barry Success Course (a weekly course written by Richard Hudnut in 1942 for women on how to improve themselves and become more desirable to men), she tried to teach these lessons to her daughters. As children of the 60’s, my sisters and I viewed these lessons as archaic and out-of-touch with the feminist movement of the time. Some quotes from the course such as “Our program is for beauty…REMEMBER…Ugly thoughts make ugly faces!,” “…they like you witty as well as pretty” and “Bedazzle the Boss,” inspired Thompson’s most recent series of oil paintings.