Your Chicago: Local Artist’s Easel

CHICAGO (CBS) — For 38 years, police work was Patrick Thompson’s career. But painting was his passion.

In the early 1970s, he became a beat cop and later a patrolman and detective. But it was his steady night job that really made his day: painting.

“It was relaxing, took off my mind off the job,” Thompson tells CBS 2’s Kate Sullivan. “I looked forward to coming home and creating something or working on something ongoing.”

And so after all those years of hard work as a cop and painting in the wee hours of the night, he’s finally being recognized.

His recent creation called “Into the Red Zone” has won first place and best of show in the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit now featured at the Museum of Science and Industry.

He says he doesn’t paint to win a prize, but rather to escape.

Thompson says his favorite place in Chicago is in front of his easel, a place where he can lose himself and find something beautiful.

If someone were to ask him why he’s an artist, he says, he would answer with a question.

“Why are you breathing? It’s not even second nature with me, it’s just part of me,” Thompson says.

In 2008, he retired from the force and has started teaching at the University of Illinois Circle campus. He also donates his time to teach art to children.

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  • Sandy King

    Can these paintings be purchased? How?

    • Monica Holmes

      Hi Sandy:

      Thank you for your interest in purchasing one of Patick Thompson’s painting. I am his niece. If you are on facebook, please contact him via facebook: Patrick Thompson, Sr. Thank you again.

      • Sandy King

        I willl try Facebook. Thank you.

  • Sandy King


    I was not able to locate your uncle on Facebook. Does he have a website?

  • Vernita A. Lewis, Vst Asst Director

    Congratulations Patrick!

    We are honored to have you again this year to teach art for students who attend our UIC UHP/Early Outreach – Summer Prep Program 2012!

    We can hardly wait to see the creative art work that you will inspire in the children this year.

    All the best to you!

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