Charles Thomas

In this two-day intensive workshop, paint Tucson’s spectacular deserts en plein air.

Sonoran Desert Plein Air

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Workshop Description

We’ll explore some gorgeous Sonoran desert landscapes in this two day hands-on workshop at various locations in and around greater Tucson. Each day will consist of two or more instructor demos followed by your own efforts. The lower light of winter together with generally beautiful temperatures and weather will make for a rewarding experience and provide an abundance of subject matter.

About Charles

Charles Thomas, b1960, began his art career as a graphic designer for a software company. He became an illustrator in 1988, creating paintings for advertising and editorial clients nationally. His work has won numerous awards including publication in the Society of illustrators Annual of American Illustration.In 1999 Thomas left the advertising world to devote his energies full time to fine art. Since that time, his work has been recognized by the Scottsdale Artists School in their Best and Brightest competition following a 2002 workshop, and by the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society as a finalist in their national juried competitions. His work hangs in numerous private and corporate collections.

Selected Awards

2019 Sedona Plein Air Judge’s choice Award
Oil Painters of America 2019, Finalist, Western Regional Juried Exhibition
Oil Painters of America 2019, Finalist, National Juried Exhibition
American Impressionist Society 2019, Finalist, National Juried Exhibition
American Impressionist Society 2018, Finalist, National Juried Exhibition
Phippen Museum Western Art Show 2017, Southwest Art First Place Award of Excellence
Arizona Plein Air Painters Members Juried Exhibition 2017, Second Place 
St George Art Museum 2017, Purchase Award
Phippen Museum Western Art Show 2016, Montgomery Frames Award 
American Impressionist Society 2016, Finalist, National Juried Exhibition 
Bisbee Plein Air 2016, First Place
Bisbee Plein Air 2008, First Place
Scottsdale Artists School 2003, Finalist, Best and Brightest Competition 
Oil Painters of America 2002, Finalist, National Juried Exhibition

Gallery Representation

Belleza Gallery Bisbee, AZ
Rogoway’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery Tubac, AZ 
Toscana Studio & Gallery, Oro Valley, AZ

Sonoran Desert Plein Air

Charles Thomas

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$305/2-Day Workshop

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 PO Box 5112

Tubac, AZ 85646




El Presidito, 4 Calle Iglesia, Tubac, AZ 85646

M-F:  9am – 4pm
S-S: 9am – 4pm

October-May closed during the summer months.


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