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.

Coors Western Art Show | Lindsey Bittner Graham

By Bonnie Gangelhoff When she was growing up in Kentucky, Lindsey Bittner Graham developed a love and respect for horses. Graham rode, worked at stables, and learned to appreciate the special bond between people and their steeds. But her affection for the West, the cowboy spirit, and vast open spaces really blossomed when her...

Coors Western Art Show | Edward Aldrich

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Viewers of Edward Aldrich paintings would never guess that the artist grew up in the heart of New York City. Perhaps that is because Aldrich, who now lives in Colorado, has a well-known talent for capturing the wildlife of the West. “The wide open spaces and the animals that call those...

Coors Western Art Show | Ulrich Gleiter

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Ulrich Gleiter divides his time between St. Petersburg, Russia, and Dresden and Berlin, Germany. But, for the past several years, he also has made regular journeys to plein-air shows in the western United States, including California, Wyoming, and Colorado. Recently Gleiter received top awards at the Frank Bette Plein Air Paint...

Winter Landscape Special Advertising Section

Meet five artists who paint the winter landscape in this Special Advertising Section, published in the December 2011 issue. Please click on each artist’s name below to go to their page. Dave Santillanes Nancy Conrad David Bottini Heather H. Coen Mark Monsarrat      

Dave Santillanes | Winter Landscape Special Advertising Section

  Dave Santillanes Fort Collins, CO With my landscape work, my focus is on capturing the essence of the scene before me. One aspect of this is a realistic rendering of color, light, and atmosphere. This requires direct observation and is why my studio work begins in the field with a plein-air study. But...

David Bottini | Winter Landscape Special Advertising Section

  David Bottini Harrisburg, PA In “Circle Game,” Joni Mitchell sings, “We can’t return we can only look behind from where we came.” That glance back from where he came enlivens and engages David Bottini’s landscapes. His crystalline focus and saturated palette draw viewers into places that arouse a memory and time specific to...

Heather H. Coen | Winter Landscape Special Advertising Section

Heather H. Coen, PSC, PAAC, PAA Loveland, CO The Road Not Taken. “I took the road less traveled and for me, it has made all the difference.” Lucky enough to have had parents who believed in art, Heather Coen grew up knowing she would someday be a painter. Since then, she has put in...

Nancy Conrad | Winter Landscape Special Advertising Section

  Nancy Conrad Houston, TX “The treasures of my life as a painter have been finding places with the sound of a running creek or a breeze causing the trees to dance.” Nancy’s art career has been influenced by ranching in the Nueces Canyon of Texas and now a mountain house in the Flathead...

Mark Monsarrat | Winter Landscape Special Advertising Section

  Mark Monsarrat San Francisco, CA “The Atmospheric Landscape” is a consistent theme for this artist. For him, atmosphere mediates our experience of the world and evokes the mysteries of life; it is both primal and timeless. And landscape is nothing less than the cradle of our existence. Mark Monsarrat is a long-time plein-air...

Karen Vance, Susan Blackwood, Howard Friedland

By Rosemary Carstens As individual atoms cluster together and bring fundamental molecular energy to everything around us, so does the creative power of a group often enhance its potential output over that of an individual working alone. It follows that a family of artists generates more innovative, exciting art than each person might on...