Heidi Thompson (Wunderli) was born in Vernon, B.C. Canada.  After graduating high school she moved to Europe to study art.  From 1975-1979 she attended the University of Art & Design  in Zürich earning a Swiss Diploma for Professional Photography.  Her photographs can be found in the archives of the Kunstgewerbeschule.  After graduating, Thompson moved to Nürnberg and apprenticed with German painter Oskar Koller for one year.  Koller recommended that she continue her art education at the Akademie der Buildene Künste Nürnberg.  Thompson was accepted into the academy and spent one year painting and drawing under the guidance of Professor Ernst Weil.  However, seeking a more traditional art school, Thompson moved to Budapest and studied painting with Professor Kokas Ignac at the Hungarian State University for Fine Art. 

     In 1982, she returned to Canada, married Edward Thompson and worked as a freelance photographer, painter and book publisher.  She also became interested in meditation and after her first 10-day Vipassana course in 1983, she continues practicing today. Her experience with Vipassana has been the greatest influence for creating color energy fields.  

     In 1995, Thompson published Recapitulation - Life and Art of Sveva Caetani which won the VanCity Book of Excellence Award.  A few years after her daughter was born, she wrote Calm Focus Joy - a practical guide for teaching adults and children breath awareness - the first step in learning Vipassana.  Heidi Thompson lives in Coldstream, BC, paints full time and exhibits her work in the USA, Canada and Europe. 


I am inspired by Impressionist painters especially Van Gogh, Monet and contemporary abstract expressionists and color field painters Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko and Mark Tobey, Joseph Marioni and Natvar Bhavsar. I feel that these artists, even when painting "realistically" break up their image into abstract elements - particles of light, shapes, patterns, color and movement. In Rothko, Marioni and Bhavsar's work these particles are so fine they create atmospheric and spiritual glow. 
     For me, art is about energy - hopefully positive, healing energy. As my work reflects my own emotional state, positive is not always achievable. I've experienced that a painting's color, light, quality, marks and patterns vibrate together and resonate with my heart and mind. I feel a flow of subtle sensations. The longer I gaze the more I notice a change inside - the image is influencing my mind - calming me down or soothing pain.

     My goal is to create paintings that resonate with my mind and promote feelings of harmony and peace. Of all the paintings I look at, I enjoy "overall" paintings the most. They seem to best express the oneness of the universe, the unified yet spinning energy holding everything together. I guess one of my influences regarding the overall image has been Jackson Pollock. 

     That said, somehow the more sensitive, meditative overall compositions of Mark Tobey resonate more strongly. Tobey wrote about his spiritual beliefs and quest to use art to express oneness and infinity. His path and exploration is inspiring. The older I get, the stronger is my belief that my life purpose is to experience and then express and share my peace. I have come a long way since my youth when I believed that my  goal was to express pain and the tumultuous world around me.  Today, nothing is more meaningful than to achieve a peaceful state of mind. When my mind is peaceful and I am connected and conscious of all my body sensations, I know that what I am experiencing is reality. My reality.  This is the Truth I now attempt to express in my paintings.

     Maybe the experience of subtle peaceful sensations is the "spiritual feeling" Kandinsky often wrote about. Meditation was important to his life and led to him studying the physiological and spiritual attributes of colour. He described these sensations as innere Klang or inner resonance in his book The Spiritual in Abstract Art. Paintings have the amazing power to resonate with your mind and soul. 

     One of my greatest rewards as a painter happens when a viewer of my work becomes conscious of this flow of subtle sensations and energy.  After one of my exhibitions a person commented, "I don't know what I'm looking at, but the painting makes me feel peaceful." This was the most rewarding comment I ever received; gave painting a purpose. 
     I believe that my minimal energy field paintings evolved alongside forty years of Vipassana meditation practice. Vipassana is a specific form of introspective "seeing" that focuses on reality felt via physical sensations. During the 10 day silent courses, one becomes aware that sensations underlie all experience – even our experience of art.  Knowing this now, while painting,  I strive to express my inner sensation reality. I have little desire to paint the "reality" I see outside or imagine in my head.  

     My aim as an artist (not always achievable) is to create paintings that trigger positive sensations in the viewer. Sensations that energize and uplift the viewer and instill or at least help him or her feel more peaceful. Henri Matisse described this so beautifully. He said that his aim was  “.. .to create paintings that have a calming and soothing effect on the mind.”

Canadian Art Critic John Grande writes:  

"Particle physics comes to mind when looking at each of these paintings, for they engage in a dialogue of form and content. There is no labeling or identification with conventional representation, nor is the shaping, or containment of form part of the language of Thompson’s art. Superficially they can be compared to Seurat’s pointillist paintings such as A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte (1884) for the particularization of matter ends up creating a kind of tonal vibration throughout."  - John K. Grande, Heidi Thompson: There is No Answer


2019     Royal Family of Saudi Arabia
2012     Senvest Canadian Collection
2007     Samuel Lallouz Private Collection, Montreal
2006     Mraz Collection, Toronto
2004     Private collection of Robert Keller, USA
2006     Corporate collection, Benefit Plan Administrators Inc. Mississauga


2016     "OK Sunshine Airport Exhibition" / Okanagan Life
2012     Authored and published CALM FOCUS JOY: The Power of Breath Awareness
1995     Published Recapitulation - A Journey Life of Sveva Caetani
1992     Featured Artist, Okanagan Life, written by Charlotte Berglund
1989     Illustrated Little Bear Book
1989     Drawings, Galerie, Vancouver art magazine
1985     Illustrations for Reflections written by Brock Tulley
1980     Photographs, Professional Camera, May-June 1979
1979     100 Photographs - 
Zurich Chamber Orchestra


1996     VanCity Book of Excellence Award for Recapitulation
1984     B.C Cultural Project Grant through the Kelowna Art Gallery


2019    Vernon Art Gallery "The Light Within You" 

2018     Contemporary Art Fair Zürich (Halde Galerie)

2018     Arco Gallery, NY (Represented)

2016     Kelowna International Airport "OK Sunshine"
2016     Vernon / Headbones Art Gallery / "Ok Artists"
2016     Ottawa / The Cube Gallery "Blue - A Group Show" 
2015     Lake Country Public Art Gallery "They Tell You Where to Go"
2015     Vancouver International Art Fair
2015     Palm Beach Gardens / Onessimo Fine Art Gallery 
2014     San Diego / Alexander Salazar Gallery
2014     Vernon / Headbones Gallery
2014     Widen Switzerland / Halde Galerie (Represented)
2012     Vernon / Headbones Gallery (group)
2012     Montreal / Galerie D'Avignon (solo)
2012     La Jolla, CA / Alexander Salazar Contemporary Exhibits (solo)
2011     Armstrong Public Art Gallery / "Mind Space Energy" (solo)
2011     San Antonio, TX / Gallery Nord Exhibit "11/11/11"(group) 
2011     San Diego / Alexander Salazar Art Gallery (solo) 
2010     Atlanta / Bill Lowe Gallery "Bloom: The New Abstraction"
2009     Atlanta / Bill Lowe Gallery (group)
2009     Toronto / Lausberg Contemporary (group)
2009     Vernon / Gallery Vertigo (solo)
2009     Toronto / Varley Art Gallery (group)
2009     New York / Lana Santorelli Gallery (group)
2008     Montreal / Galerie Samuel Lallouz  (group)
2008     New York / Lana Santorelli Gallery  (group)
2008     Grand Forks / Grand Forks Art Gallery  (solo)
2007     Toronto / The Drawers - Headbones Art Gallery  (represented)
2005     Vernon / Vernon Public Art Gallery (group)
2000     Vancouver / Howe Street Art Gallery (represented)
1996     Vernon / Headbones Art Gallery (solo)
1994     Vancouver / Simon Patrich Art Gallery (represented)
1992     New York / Viridian Art Gallery (represented)
1991     Kelowna / Kelowna City Hall  (solo)
1991     Vancouver / Festival of the Arts (juried/group)
1989     Vancouver / Robson Square Media Centre (group)
1989     Vancouver / Community Arts Centre/BC Women Artists (solo)
1987     Vernon / Topham Brown Public Art Gallery (solo)
1985     Vernon / Topham Brown Public Art Gallery (solo)
1985     Grand Forks / Grand Forks Public Art Gallery (solo)
1985     Kelowna / Kelowna Public Art Gallery (solo)
1983     Vancouver / BC Festival of the Arts (juried/group)
1981     Hungarian / State University (group)
1980     Nürnberg / Kom Youth Centre (solo)
1980     Nürnberg Gallerie der Stadt (group)
1978     Zürich / Witikon Community Centre "Zürich Chamber Orchestra"