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.

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...

40 Prominent People | Nedra Matteucci

Nedra Matteucci Owner of Nedra Matteucci Galleries • Santa Fe, NM Distinction: Matteucci purchased her gallery from Forrest Fenn—a pioneer in western art—in 1988. The gallery has been open and specializing in historical American and Southwestern art at the same location since 1972. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the...

40 Prominent People | Rose Fredrick

Rose Fredrick Curator • Denver, CO Distinction: As curator of the annual Coors Western Art Show, Fredrick brings together modern and traditional western art in a unique showcase for art in the West. What has been the biggest change in the art world during your career? The internet. Now that artists maintain their own...

The Arborists' Reward, oil, 28 x 28.

40 Prominent People | Curt Walters

Curt Walters Painter • Sedona, AZ Distinction: After years of capturing the Grand Canyon on canvas, Walters is unquestionably the best-known contemporary artist to take up the daunting subject. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? Historically the gallery system has been in the service...

Katie Painting, oil, 14 x 11.

40 Prominent People | Jeremy Lipking

Jeremy Lipking Painter • Agoura Hills, CA Distinction: Lipking is a young leader in the resurgence of traditional art in California. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? Since I started about 10 years ago, there are many more figure painters, and the figure in...

Last Stand

40 Prominent People | Dave McGary

Dave McGary Sculptor • Scottsdale, AZ Distinction: For many years, McGary has been one of the best-known sculptors in the West. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? The access that computers provide has had such an impact. The computer has expanded our reach worldwide. Also,...

Artists in Cowgirl Up!

40 Prominent People | Cowgirl Up!

Cowgirl Up! Mary Ann Igna, Curator Distinction: Igna oversees the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s annual Cowgirl Up! show, which provides a counterpoint to the Cowboy Artists of America, giving women a place of their own in the western art scene. What has been the biggest change in the art world during your career? I...