Shown are two of Doris Alexander Thompson's colorful paintings included in our recent acquisition. Research shows that she studied painting with Roderick Mackenzie and Alexander Abels.
DORIS ALEXANDER THOMPSON, Untitled Landscape I, n.d.; DAT-2020.AW.0030
Mackenzie's family immigrated from England to Mobile in 1872. After his mother's death in 1880, Mackenzie was sent to live at Wilmer Hall, Mobile's Episcopal Church children's home. After his talent was recognized and encouraged at the home, the administration and patrons helped Mackenzie secure scholarship funds for his professional training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. After returning to Mobile, the young artist became a rising star and soon started sharing his talents thought teaching. DAC artist Genevieve Southerland, also studied with Mackenzie.
Alexander Abels, born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1910, was head of the painting department at the Art School of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, during the time Alexander Thompson studied at Temple University.
DORIS ALEXANDER THOMPSON, Untitled Landscape II, n.d.; DAT-2020.AW.0031
Dixie Art Colony Foundation, Wetumpka, Alabama