21 Under 31 | 2012 Emerging Artists

Our annual spotlight on young & emerging artists

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

Southwest Art magazine | September 2012 cover

on the cover: Sophie’s Seashell by Sarah Keller

This story was featured in the September 2012 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Order the Southwest Art magazine September 2012 print edition here, or purchase the Southwest Art magazine September 2012 digital download here. Or simply subscribe to Southwest Art magazine and never miss a story!

Welcome to Southwest Art’s annual spotlight on emerging artists. One of our most popular features since it debuted in 2000, it has helped launch the careers of more than 250 young artists. This year’s honorees hail from 11 states, from New York to California. The artists share their unique backgrounds (one gave up his law career to pursue fine art), hopes for the future (one is currently studying veterinary medicine while also creating her artworks), some of their greatest fears (student loans, water bugs), as well as some of their least known secrets (one artist is legally blind, another hard of hearing due to a hereditary condition).

We invite you to peruse the links below and help us celebrate the bright futures of these rising stars.

Hiroshi Sato, Resting Area, oil paintingHiroshi Sato

California contemporary realism painter




James Galindo, Clementine, oil still-life paintingJames Galindo

California still-life painter




Angela Burns, Dignity, oil figure paintingAngela Burns

Illinois figurative artist




Christina Weaver, Three Brides, oil paintingChristina Weaver

Alabama oil painter




Abigail VanCannon, Summertime, oil paintingAbigail Vancannon

California contemporary realism painter




Cecilia Thorell, Tuscan Chair, oil still-life paintingCecilia Thorell

Colorado still-life and figurative painter




Gregory Block, Bouquet, oil paintingGregory Block

Colorado oil painter




Jason Cytacki, See the USA (In Your Chevrolet), oil paintingJason Cytacki

Oklahoma cowboy and western artist




Alicia Lang, Preparing for Battle, charcoal drawingAlicia Lang

New Jersey charcoal drawing artist




Sarah Keller, The Sidelong Glance, oil paintingSarah Keller

Florida still-life, figurative, and landscape painter




Carl Bork, Friendly Octopus, oil landscape paintingCarl Bork

Colorado landscape and figurative painter




Natalie Lundeen, The Red Line, oil paintingNatalie Lundeen

California contemporary realism painter




Joevic Yeban, Through the Clouds, oil paintingJoevic Yeban

California contemporary realism painter




Adam Clague, Tea and Inspiration, oil paintingAdam Clague

Michigan figurative and still-life painter




Matthew Metzger, Clouds; Atmosphere; Time; oil painting Matthew Metzger

Ohio-based landscape painter




Jonathan Stasko, Waiting: Sisters at Ellis Island, 1906, oil paintingJonathan Stasko 

New York figurative, still-life, and landscape painter




Cristina Penescu, Cautious Observation, scratchboard artistCristina Penescu 

California-based wildlife artist




Mary Sauer, Megan, oil figure paintingMary Sauer

New York figurative painter




Tiffany Stevenson, Calling Out, oil wildlife paintingTiffany Stevenson

Utah-based wildlife artist




Katie Whipple, Katie’s Biscuits, oil still-life paintingKatie Whipple

New York-based still-life painter




Clement Scott, El Bandito, western oil paintingClement Scott

Arizona-based western artist




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