Tucson By Choice!: Tucson Artist Tom Murray Captures the Essence of the Southwestern Sky

Tucson Artist Tom Murray Captures the Essence of the Southwestern Sky

"Red Desert Sky" oil painting by Tom MurrayArizona skies are awesome.  So is painter Tom Murray.  I've never seen clouds captured on canvas with such realism and painterly beauty.

I first met Tom at Jane Hamilton Fine Art in Tucson on River Road near Campbell.

That's where you'll find original paintings like the one you see featured here.

I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, Arizona mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Think of me as your local expert.

Comment balloon 22 commentsMike Jones • August 20 2008 05:19AM


Spectacular art work!  Wow.  I want to take a picture as good as Tom paints.  Nice to see you.

Mike, you would not believe HOW HUGE the pantom ??? was in my comment!!  I don't do links or pix in comments, so I have no clue what 'it' was.  Will double check when I get out to make sure it's not back before I leave!  Thank you for calling!


Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 12 years ago

Nice painting. It does look very real.

Posted by Michael Sahlman, e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes (www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago

hi Mike,

wow, Beautiful painting!! It looks like a photograph...only better. I'm amazed at the talent some artists have at being able to capture the colours and designs of nature in such a realistic way.

One of these days I have to get out to see those sunsets in Arizona myself.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 12 years ago

Good morning Mike, Nice life-like painting. Looks like Susie had a hitch in her giddy-yup this morning...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

That is breath taking.  Looks like oil, is it? Thanks for sharing that with us.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 12 years ago

Mike, that's a painting?  Wow, I definitely thought it was a photograph - what an amazing artist!!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) almost 12 years ago

WOW - Tom is definitely a talented painter.  Absolutely beautiful - both in idea and deliverance.  Thanks! - Calie

Posted by Calie Waterhouse, Community Builder almost 12 years ago

Hi Mike,

Absolutely beautiful! At first I thought I was another one of your spectacular photos.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 12 years ago

Mike - at first glance I thought it was one of those terrific photos you take....

Paul Dunn

Posted by Paul Dunn, former orginator almost 12 years ago

Hi Mike, So good speaking with you today. This painting is awesome and shows such talent.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 12 years ago

You have some great skys in your area. I remember visiting and thinking it looked like a painting!

your friend in Charlottesville!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 12 years ago


Thanks for stopping by to comment!


Likewise!  Tom is self taught, and such a talent!


Wouldn't you think a sky like this would have to be mentioned on the appraisal?  LOL


It certainly is!


You're welcome.  It's good to see you.


Tom is amazing!


It is an oil painting.  Thanks for coming by.


Susie got it fixed.  She's a regular, and I didn't want to delete the comment.


We're waiting for your visit!  Maybe when the snow flies up there?


It does look real, doesn't it?  Thanks for commenting.


I never got to see "it."  Thanks for getting it fixed, and for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

That's spectacular, Mike.  I wonder if he and David Rothermel of Las Cruces share tips & techniques with each other?

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) almost 12 years ago


Sounds like you need to post a blog about David Rothermel.  Better yet, can you introduce me?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

Mike - This is one great art work, I've never seen something like this here in Florida, but I recently received a picture that I want to share with you that was taken in Colorado recently.


Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

I would have sworn that was a photograph!  Tom is incredibly talented!  I spent a while just last night trying to find a nice sunset picture, and when I stumbled on this I thought it was as pretty or more so than anything else I had come across.  Thanks for sharing it.

Ann Allen Birmingham Realtor


Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 12 years ago

Spokane Washington Real Estate Expert I couldn't tell it was a painting I thought it was a photo, congrats to the artist

Posted by Ross Quintana, Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966 (Real E Smarter) almost 12 years ago


You've been away for a while good to see you back! Is painterly a word?? :-)

Does it really look that much like a photo up close? Does he paint from photos? it's just beautiful...how do you meet all of these artistic people?

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 12 years ago


Looks like a monsoon sunset, very nice, I'll have to check out the studio.  Hey, when you get a chance can you come up and help me with my photo posts for a blog.  I'm very challenged in that area!

Dana Lim/Allstate Insurance
Tucson, AZ.

Posted by Dana Lim (Allstate Insurance) almost 12 years ago

I dabble a little at painting and I must say that is absolutely beautiful!

Posted by Laura Kombrink (RE/MAX Alliance) almost 12 years ago

Only one word that fits....


Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 12 years ago

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