Jeff Thomsen


Jeff Thomsen

I’m essentially an unreconstructed impressionist, tempered somewhat by post-impressionism, and filtered through the local Pennsylvania likes of, say, N.C. Wyeth and Cecelia Beaux. That is, I enjoy the adherence to form amidst the pulsating sensation of light and color in nature that I am often overwhelmed by. And I like stories. Thus, it may be of little surprise that my favorite painters are Pierre Bonnard and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
I am unconcerned with offering a particular message with my sometimes incomprehensible narrative works. The viewer is invited to arrive at her or his own interpretation and response. In any event, it’s my wish that my attempts at color, light, and the depiction of form bring their own rewards. As the old saying goes, “Nobody goes to the opera for the plot.”
The smaller landscapes and occasional still lives are almost always done or substantially started at the scene. The larger narrative works are created in the studio following the undertaking of many studies, sketches, and exploration of possibilities. For that reason, it is not unusual to see a framed “study” alongside an often larger “final” version. But in actuality, there are no studies or final versions — there are simply different versions of endless possibilities. I wish I had the time and understanding to explore them all.  

Jeff Thomsen 2020 video by John Thornton 

Jeff Thomsen's most recent solo exhibition was held October 13 - November 7, 2021.  A selection of his work is currently available at the gallery as indicated.  For inquires on all other works shown, please Contact Us


Notating Nature, oil on linen, 24" x 36"  SOLD 


Return in the Summer, oil on linen, 24" x 30"  Available 


Summer Night in a Small Yard, oil on linen, 18" x 24" 


Cat in Yellow Room, oil on linen mounted on panel, 16" x 20" 


Night Scene with Cat, oil on panel, 12" x 16"  Available 


By a Quiet Road, oil on linen mounted on panel, 12" x 18" 


The Light Across the Street, oil on panel, 11" x 14"  Available 


Lemur Looking, oil on linen mounted on panel, 9" x 12"  


A Rumor of Spring, oil on panel, 14" x 11"  Available 


Bright Morning along Karakung Creek, oil on panel, 12" x 16" 


Things Which Grow in Early Spring, oil on panel, 12" x 9"  SOLD 


Morning Study, oil on panel, 12" x 9"  


Playing in the Creek, oil on panel, 9" x 12"  SOLD  


Flowers after News of Tilda, oil on panel, 18" x 12"  SOLD 


Summer Morning in Cathy's Yard, oil on panel, 8" x 16"  SOLD 


On Athens Avenue, oil on panel, 7" x 10.25" 


Warm Morning, oil on panel, 8" x 12" 


Red Tree Fall, oil on panel, 10" x 10"  


Lynx, oil on panel, 9" x 12" 


Step Study, oil on panel, 8" x 10" 


Study for Return in the Summer, oil on paper, 11" x 14"  SOLD 


A Cat's Journey, oil on linen, 24" x 30"  SOLD 


Day Lilies, Hot Afternoon, oil on panel, 10" x 10"  Available 


A Mississippi Nocturne Study, oil on linen mounted on panel, 14" x 11" 


Winter Bank, oil on linen mounted on panel, 9" x 12" 


Community Garden, oil on panel, 9" x 12" 


Midday, When People are at School or Work, oil on panel, 12" x 12"  


Overgrowth and Undergrowth, oil on panel, 10" x 10"  SOLD  


Late Winter Thaw, oil on linen mounted on panel, 6.25" x 10"  SOLD  


February Dog and Walker, oil on panel, 8" x 8"  SOLD  


Sasha, charcoal on paper, 4.5" x 8"  SOLD  


March Snow Shadows, oil on panel, 8" x 8"  SOLD  


Study for Early Morning in a Small Town, oil on linen mounted on panel, 8" x 12"  SOLD


Field Patch, August, oil on panel, 8" x 8"  SOLD 


March Daffodils, oil on panel, 10.875" x 18.375"  SOLD


Corner Daffodils, oil on panel, 6" x 11"  SOLD


Corner of a Yard, oil on museum board, 8.25" x 9.5"  SOLD


Midsummer, Mill Grove, oil on panel, 8.25" x 13.125"  SOLD 


Bartram's Garden, oil on panel, 8" x 8"  SOLD