Featured Artists

Each issue of Southwest Art magazine features in-depth profiles of top artists in the West and beyond. Browse this section to read interesting and compelling stories about artists’ lives and their techniques, artistic styles, and sources of inspiration. Each article is accompanied by plenty of images to show examples of the artists’ works—including sculpture and paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic, and featuring subjects from western landscapes to cityscapes, figures, wildlife and animal art, still lifes, and more.

Sharon Markwardt, Wonky Donkey, mixed media, 18 x 18.

Sharon Markwardt | Colorful Expressions

Sharon Markwardt began using vividly striking colors in paintings of western and animal subjects inspired by her surroundings, which for a time included horses, dogs, a donkey, a neighbor’s longhorns, and a nearby herd of buffalo.
Mejo Okon, The Reverend, oil, 12 x 12.

Mejo Okon | In Living Color

At the age of 65 and advantageously based in Albuquerque, NM, Mejo Okon is delighted to be painting these willing western subjects every day in dramatic, realistic compositions that are as richly glowing as a classic Technicolor western movie.
Mark Laguë, Golden Gate From Above, oil, 60 x 72.

Mark Laguë | Facets of Color & Light

Over the past few years, Laguë has become especially fascinated with aerial views of skyscrapers, street scenes, and other urban vignettes. Such unusual viewpoints upend traditional perspective, at the same time infusing each composition with additional dynamism.