Feature Articles

If you’ve been searching for art articles on the best talent in the West, look no further. Here you’ll find articles about art and artists as well as collections of themed works. You’ll find our art magazine articles reprinted here in full and with bonus artwork images we couldn’t fit in our printed pages. Check back often to find the most current art articles highlighting upcoming art events you don’t want to miss and explore new artists and techniques as each month we gather a collection of works from different artists all on a single theme.

Two Springers, bronze, 6 x 12 x 8.

40 Prominent People | George Lundeen

George Lundeen Sculptor • Loveland, CO Distinction: Lundeen was instrumental in turning Loveland into the sculpture capital of the West. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? The biggest change I’ve seen is in the number of people making a living at their art. When...

40 Prominent People | Peter Hassrick

Peter Hassrick Former Museum Director • Denver, CO Distinction: Hassrick’s work as the former director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art has elevated western art’s reputation in the world. What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in the art world over the...

Great Guardian, oil.

40 Prominent People | David A. Leffel

David A. Leffel Painter • Arroyo Seco, NM Distinction: Leffel is known as a consummate master of the still-life genre and a revered teacher. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? When I was a student at the Art Students League of New York from...

Pairing, oil, 22 x 24.

40 Prominent People | David Dornan

David Dornan Painter • Helper, UT Distinction: Dornan is a respected still-life painter, professor, and founder of popular workshops in Helper, UT, which have been the starting point for many of today’s talented painters. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? The biggest change is...

Under an Idaho Sky, oil, 36 x 36.

40 Prominent People | George Carlson

George Carlson Sculptor and Painter Harrison, ID Distinction: Always dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence above all else, Carlson created a distinguished career as a sculptor—and then, several years ago, began creating landscape paintings that continually impress both collectors and fellow artists. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the...

Frank LaLumia

40 Prominent People | Plein-Air Painters of America

Plein-Air Painters of America Frank LaLumia, President Distinction: Plein-Air Painters of America was at the vanguard of the enduring plein-air trend that has swept the country. What are you proudest of about the PAPA organization? I am proud that we as members were out there painting on location before plein-air painting became a movement....

Cowboy Artists of America

40 Prominent People | Cowboy Artists of America

Cowboy Artists of America Tim Cox, President Distinction: The Cowboy Artists of America helped to kick off the western art movement and continue to set the standard for artworks that depict the authentic West. What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in the art world during your career? One of the biggest changes...

40 Prominent People | Susan McGarry

Susan McGarry Former Editor of Southwest Art Magazine • Santa Fe, NM Distinction: McGarry led Southwest Art for 18 years, establishing it as both chronicler and proponent of art in the western United States. What was the western art world like when you joined Southwest Art in 1979? The contemporary western art world was...

Mustang Country, oil, 20 x 48.

40 Prominent People | Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman Painter • Salt Spring Island, British Columbia Distinction: Bateman is perhaps the most widely known wildlife painter in North America. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? There’s been a massive change. In 1948, when I was 18, an artist friend from New...

The Lonely Life, oil, 24 x 30.

40 Prominent People | Clyde Aspevig

Clyde Aspevig Painter • Billings, MT Distinction: Aspevig is a prominent landscape painter who also promotes wilderness preservation. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? The invention of the Internet has been the biggest change I have seen in the art world. People buy online...