Eugene Thurston: Master Painter of the Southwest by Holly Thurston Cox & Carol Price Miller – $99

June 10, 2016Hal MarcusEvents4 Comments

Eugene Thurston (1896-1993) a mainstay of the El Paso Arts community for more than 70 years, was a teacher, community organizer, family man as well as a master landscape painter whose works brought out the beauty of the area’s mountains. Eugene Thurston: Master Painter of the Southwest celebrates his life and work in 190 art-packed pages. The book also delves into the history of Early El Paso Art, including works by many of Thurston’s contemporaries.

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  1. Travis Merritt says:

    This message is for any of Eugen Thurstons children or family, I went to El Paso Tech Back in the 50’s and he was a wonderful teacher of mine…he saw the desire in me and he took personal intrest in me with my art…we even painted together once and he walked me through my first oil. He even framed it for me. He also got me a inerview with the art dept for El Paso gas for a job. The job took for ever to manafest, so I ended up joining the US Navy. once after I joined I was in boot camp for 2 weeks and my mother said that the gas company wanted to hire me…He was a quiet man with good qualiytes. He loved the desert as I and often told me the passages through it with my paint. I I remember right he had a brother in the furniture business in New England but I never went futher. He had always remind me of Norman Rockwell with his looks, build, and demenor. does he have any prints for sale? I just thought you might know the soft side of him.

  2. N.M.P.L. says:

    Great book! I read it in 2 days! I really liked!

  3. Michelle Munro says:

    I have a small picture of a pen and ink from Eugene Thurston. It is a drawing of a Mexican man with a sombrero smoking a cigarette with pottery around him.
    This picture was my moms who passed away in Nov of 2020 from complications off Dementia. My mom loved this picture, She called her little Joe. Joe with my dad who she was married to for 23 years. I was lucky enough to get the picture after she passed away. My uncle who was a painter painted replicas of Eugenes pictures and gave them to family members. I wish I could send you a copy of the pictures. I am just wondering with the history of this Mexican man with a cigarette is. I’ve looked and I have not seen any copies of this on the Internet. I see there is a book that you can get of Mr. Thurston’s paintings.

    • Hal Marcus says:

      Hello, Thank you for your email, it accidently went into our SPAM file; What a nice story about your mother and the Eugene Thurston painting.
      Yes the Eugene Thurston book is lovely. The title is “Eugene Thurston Master Painter of the Southwest’.
      If you’d like to take a look at the book, you can preview it at by searching for the title under ‘Bookstore’.
      If you’d like to purchase the book, you may buy it from us, it is $99 (less our 20% sale going on right now). For more info, or to buy the book from us, please email us directly to this address:
      Thanks again,
      Patricia Medici, Director

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