Rodney Thompson: Sacred Places

Exhibit Dates: 
Wednesday, Feb. 9 to Saturday, Mar. 5
Artist Reception: 
Sunday, Feb. 20 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
2nd Saturday Opening: 
Saturday, Feb. 12 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm


He is rewarded with joy and peace.   Rodney writes, “I am where I need to be and I live in beauty all around me.“

He finds the richness of prints made with the etching process appealing in creating iconic images of these spiritual places. HIs photos reflect places sacred to him. The earth is not only our home but it is in fact who we are. Our human forms, as all of life, is made of earth minerals, water, and air – from the earth, along with light from the sun.

If we were all to think of the earth as sacred and worthy of spiritual respect perhaps we would make better decisions in treating the earth with the love and honor it deserves. The earth does not depend on humans for its health or survival.  It is humans that depend on the earth.






Rodney was involved in the recent renaissance of encaustic art ( an art technique using beeswax) for over 15 years. During that period, he developed new encaustic techniques, taught workshops and presented lectures and demonstrations at national encaustic conferences. His art and writing were included in four books on encaustic art. He was honored to be an artist in residence at two national parks, Petrified Forest National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.

In 2016 he moved to Bishop, California so that he could spend more time outside, both in the Eastern Sierra and the nearby deserts and ranges. Immersed in natural beauty all around, he has collected images through photography. These images have become the basis for his new artwork using a non-toxic etching process called photopolymer etching that uses only UV light and water to etch printing plates.  Using archival inks and fine papers he creates iconic hand printed etchings of the places that he finds sacred.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

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Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

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Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones



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