Nina Thomson

Nina Thomson

For over 20 years I worked as a practicing attorney, including Chief Counsel for the Assembly Rules Committee from 1995-1997, where I served under five Speakers, Democrats and Republicans: Willie Brown, Doris Allen, Brian Setencich, Curt Pringle, and Cruz Bustamante.

By necessity, as an attorney I was responsive to the needs and demands of many others, often in very stressful situations. Now, freed from that necessity by retirement, I paint as a gift to myself, my family, and my friends. I work to capture a feeling, a moment of beauty, a shared experience, or to experiment with new ideas and different media. In particular, I love to capture the disappearing rural landscape.

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My first artistic success came through the medium of dry pastel, and it remains my favorite way to paint. I love the colors, the textures, the feeling of using my arm as the brush to manipulate the sticks of pure pigment. Pastels are immediately responsive to my ideas and changing ideas, and it is a forgiving medium.

Painting is difficult, a continuing learning experience, but it’s just paint. No lives are at stake, so I can paint and experiment boldly and with joy and fun. I love it.

I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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