All the works of art in our gallery were created by western artist Hal Empie (1909-2002). He was a self-taught artist having only six weeks of art classes in his 93 years. Everything you see was created from memory or imagination and he never used a camera or photographs. Hal Empie is the youngest licensed pharmacist in the history of Arizona. The famous Empie Kartoon Kards, western postcards, were created by Hal. You'll recognize them from early Arizona Highways magazines. Mr. Empie had three careers at once... his paintings, his pharmacy and his cartoon business!!
Having sold his first painting professionally in his teens, Empie's western art has sold now for over 80 years. Western art created by Hal Empie is avidly collected today. The gallery continues to successfully consign and purchase his original works for resale. By doing this, the Hal Empie Gallery can offer a changing selection of original oils, watercolor, pen & ink & charcoal sketches. We also offer a large selection of western art prints, both limited and open editions.
The Hal Empie Studio and Gallery is family owned and operated by Ann (Empie) Groves and her husband Peter. They also own the gift shop next door called "The Artist's Daughter". Shop the shop, visit the gallery, enjoy the artwork, see the artist's studio and meet some of the Empie Family! We are also anxious to share the family tales of our 120 years of Arizona History.
Tubac, Arizona is just 45 miles south of Tucson off I-19. Take I-10 to I-19, to exit 34. As you turn into the village at the huge TUBAC sign, take a right and then an immediate right. We are on Tubac Road near the east end toward the Arizona State Park on the right hand side... look for the HAL EMPIE STUDIO and THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTER signs.