Valerie Erichsen Thomson

Valerie Erichsen Thomson

Beaverton, OR, United States

About Valerie Erichsen Thomson

I was born in Scotland, lived in Germany, and on the east coast of the U.S., and settled in the Pacific Northwest.

For me painting is color poetry. We say something "speaks to" us when we are drawn to it. Mysterious and delightful, this sensing, feeling something from the colors, shapes and gestures is it's conversation with us.

Each painting is unknown before I begin. If I think I know how it will go, I am invariably mistaken as the poem, or fragment of a poem, is excavated. The scratchings, the smoothings, the gestures, the scribbles bit by bit reveal something new. That is the fun part. The discovery, the unearthing ... an interesting word that, for something uncovered, brought to light outside the earth, outside the physical.

I have exhibited on the east and west coast of the U.S. My last solo show was Critic's Choice in Portland, Oregon, USA. I was the winner of the Liquitex/ArtFinder International competition, with the triptych The Wonder Of Days II chosen from entries by artists and galleries in 37 countries.​

My paintings are held in collections throughout the United States, and worldwide including Australia, Hong Kong, Croatia, Spain, Poland, Singapore, Canada, Germany, France and the U.K.


St Andrews University, Scotland. Distinction in Philosophy.
FIT New York, Textile Design. Summa Cum Laude
Art Students League New York.


The Winner of the Liquitex International with entries from 37 countries.
(Painting:The Wonder of Days II)


Solo show, Buckley Center Gallery, Portland, OR. Critic's Choice, The Oregonian.