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.

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...

40 Prominent People | John Kinkade

John Kinkade Owner of Columbine Gallery • Loveland, CO Distinction: Kinkade founded the National Sculptors’ Guild and promotes public art across the United States. What is the significance of the name you chose for your gallery? The name was chosen not only because the columbine is Colorado’s state flower but also because it is...

Before Dawn, oil, 30 x 72.

40 Prominent People | Dan Gerhartz

Dan Gerhartz Painter • Kewaskum, WI Distinction: Gerhartz is a leader in the resurgence of traditional, figurative painting. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? Social media and how it has opened up dialogue between artists of every caliber and from all around the globe,...

40 Prominent People | Mark Tarrant

Mark Tarrant Owner of Altamira Fine Art • Jackson, WY Distinction: Tarrant and Altamira have helped define and promote art of “the new West.” What is the significance of the name you chose for your gallery? We named the gallery Altamira for the cave in Spain famous for its Upper Paleolithic drawings and polychrome...

Oil Painters of America

40 Prominent People | Oil Painters of America

Oil Painters of America Neil Patterson, President Distinction: Oil Painters of America has helped revive interest in realism and representational art in the West and across the country. What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in the art world during your career? One of the biggest changes that I have noticed is the...