Thompson was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design from 1980-84. She received her B.A. in Experiential Education from Prescott College, AZ in 1989. She spent over a decade teaching environmental leadership in remote regions including Alaska and the NWT. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Montana in 1997 and was awarded the Fell-Oskins Scholarship two years in a row for her studio work.
Thompson moved to Nelson, BC in 1999 where she set up her studio practice, taught for the Kootenay School of Art and co-founded the Oxygen Art Centre. Over that last 17 years she has exhibited across southern BC. She has received many awards for both her studio and curatorial work including, two major project grants from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, an Osprey Foundation award and a Canadian Museum Association award. She has taught for the University of Montana, the Kootenay School of Arts and the Oxygen Art Centre. She has had solo exhibitions at the University of Reno, Navada (2002), Gallery Gachet, Vancouver (2010), Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson (2008), Touchstones Nelson: Museum and Art Gallery (2010), Kootenay Gallery of Art, Castlegar (2018), Gallery Two, Grand Forks and the Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo (2020) among others. Her bibliography includes Border Crossings issue No. 124. and Galleries West. Public lectures include, “Medieval Mysticism and Contemporary Art”, Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson, BC. She has done residencies at the Vermont Studio Centre and the Banff Centre for the Arts with upcoming residencies at the Sitka Centre for Art and Ecology, OR and the Art Shed in Sointula, BC.