Wyanne Thompson (pronounced Y-anne) has been a full-time artist for the past 20 years. Her work is in collections all over the world.
In late 2013 Wyanne was diagnosed with Stage IV oral cancer. She had never smoked, and was otherwise relatively healthy. She lost her entire tongue and 66 lymph nodes. Speaking clearly has become a challenge. She takes all of her food and drink through a stomach feeding tube, but she is still cancer free. Wyanne considers the cancer a gift, pushing her to find the courage to express herself more honestly and boldly. She doesn’t waste a minute of the time she’s been given, painting full time at her Georgia studio most every day.
“Conscious and confident with every brushstroke, painting represents my life as an oral cancer warrior. Raw canvas is direct, pure, and challenging. My custom pigments soak and stain the canvas creating soft watercolor effects and unique edges. The delicate fluidity contrasted with bold applications of paint has become my new voice.”