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.

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.

Hiu Lai Chong, All Aboard, oil, 18 x 14.

Hiu Lai Chong | No Formula

Chong has participated in plein-air painting events around the country, enormously expanding her experience of this part of the world and its cultures and people, all while having fun, selling paintings, and winning awards.

Jeffery R. Pugh, White House, oil, 30 x 30.

Jeffery R. Pugh | Home & Family

While Pugh generally keeps a “blank mind” when sketching and photographing, allowing himself to be drawn intuitively and viscerally to certain scenes, once back in the studio he often discovers recurring themes—which overwhelmingly relate to family and home.

Douglas Aagard, Fire and Rain, oil, 36 x 24.

Douglas Aagard | In Living Color

In addition to featuring color and light, Aagard’s paintings demonstrate his penchant for creating rich, lush textures. He works almost exclusively with a palette knife, wielding the tool to apply, layer, and push paint around the canvas.