Deborah Thompson was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is a contemporary visual artist, educator and curator based in Nelson, British Columbia. Her practice includes painting, drawing, collage and sculptural installations.
Thompson has an Associates Degree in fine art from the Ontario College of Art and Design (University), Toronto, Ontario (1984), BA in Southwest Cultural Studies from Prescott College, Arizona (1989) and an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Montana, Montana (1999).
Thompson has received awards for both her studio and curatorial work from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Osprey Foundation and Canadian Museum Association. She has exhibited in the public galleries around British Columbia and the Western States.