Tom Blazier is a New Mexico-based oil painter whose work is inspired by the dramatic light of the Southwest landscape. Skies, the source of light, figure prominently in his paintings, and an ethereal quality can be observed in many of his pieces. His studio and plein air works have garnered many awards, and recent exhibits include Oil Painters of America Annual Juried Show, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art and ArtsThrive at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Tom conducts workshops and classes at the New Mexico Art League in Albuquerque and other locations in the Southwest. His oil paintings are represented by Big Horn Gallery in Tubac, AZ and Purple Sage Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. His work is also available by commission. Tom is a member of Oil Painters of America and Rio Grande Art Association, and he is a signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, where he served as president in 2017.
Tom received a BFA in studio painting at Northern Arizona University, and he has attended workshops with Matt Smith, Irving Shapiro, Ted Goerschner, Ned Jacob, Peter Nisbet and Cody DeLong. In addition, he earned a MS in journalism at the University of Oregon, and he has worked as an illustrator, newspaper travel page editor and features page designer.