Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson: lives in Irving, TX; is an artist, photographer and printmaker; teaches at Ursuline Academy of Dallas; holds an MA & MFA in Art from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX and a BA in Art from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

I have always been preoccupied with what I see and making art. In 1976, fresh out of high school I decided it was time to buy a camera. I went to a knowledgeable friend who taught me about the aperture and shutter, their control of motion and depth of field, and their reciprocal relationship controlling exposure. She told me a Pentax K1000 would be a good and reliable camera to purchase. I bought one, and so began a life-long fascination that never seems to fade.

Art or photography never seemed a "practical" path for me. In 1985, while nearing completion of an Art degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi (CCSU back then), I took a printmaking class in etching and lithography. Printmaking not only expressed my photography but filled a void in my thought process -thank you Mark Anderson. Printmaking clicked. It ignited the passion and purpose I was looking for in my life. It was also the year I married Cheryl, that was a very good year.

Graduate school at the University of Dallas in Irving (MA '89, MFA '91) was pivital in my life. I grew into an artist -thank you Juergen Strunck. UD enabled me to begin teaching photography and printmaking in various colleges and universities. In the next few years we were blessed with a son and a daughter.

In 1997 I accepted an offer to teach photography and printmaking at Ursuline Academy of Dallas and I continue to teach there today. It is very rewarding both as a teacher and as an artist. Many of the images on this website are the result of Ursuline-sponsored travel.

It has been and continues to be my delight to explore photography’s potential, history and science –and teach the next generation.

When I said printmaking “clicked”, that gratification and passion is still with me today. As much as I love photography, I still find a more personal means of expression by apply photography in the medium of printmaking, most often in either screen printing or linoleum. Enjoy the images, leave a comment or drop me an email. Thank you for visiting my site.
Badaling section of the Great Wall of China near Beijing