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.

Don Demers, Moonwake, oil, 26 x 32.

Don Demers | Time Travel by the Sea

Demers continues to portray historic sailing vessels, drawing on years of experience and research—ships’ plans, historical records, maritime novels, nautical charts, photos of harbors—to assemble imagined narratives of actual historic ships.
Julie Bell, Hues of Sunrise, oil, 16 x 12.

Julie Bell | In Nature’s Flow

And unlike her hyperrealistic fantasy works, the compositions in her oil paintings of animals—impeccably observed and rendered though they are—possess natural, almost organic rhythms and patterns that “make it feel like real life.”
D. Eleinne Basa, Meadow Moonrise, oil, 20 x 24.

D. Eleinne Basa | Outdoor Communion

The paintings of D. Eleinne Basa are characterized by a kinship with the outdoors along with a soulful endeavor to communicate the depth, complexities, and mystery inherent in the unadulterated landscape.
Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Whooo, oil, 5 x 5.

Jhenna Quinn Lewis | Elegant Restraint

Although the past year has brought great loss to Lewis’ life—including the deaths of her husband, adoptive father, and three close friends—the artist finds and expresses qualities of serenity, hopefulness, and even gentle humor through her art.
Jill Carver, Along the Rio Grande, oil, 30 x 32.

Jill Carver | Conversations with the Land

After six years of attending five or six shows each year in various parts of the country, winning awards and making good sales, she became aware of a strong desire to explore the edges of her ability and push them as far as possible.
Albin Veselka, Ink and Paper, oil, 22 x 28.

Albin Veselka | A Gift to be Shared

Consider even a small selection of recent works by Idaho-based painter Albin Veselka, and you could be excused for thinking at first that not one but several different, highly talented artists might have produced them.