Michael “Chili” Thom was an artist from British Columbia, Canada. Thom was a self-taught painter who began painting when he was twenty years old. Over his twenty-year art career, Thom painted over 400 pieces, focusing on the beautiful landscapes and seascapes of British Columbia. In 2016, Whistler named Thom the “Best Artist” for the fourteenth year in a row. He died later that year at the age of forty.