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.

Terry Miura, Late Rehearsal 2, oil, 16 x 12.

Terry Miura | Jazz in Oil

From cityscapes that capture the brooding energy of the urban environment, to lyrical landscapes in softer major keys, to figurative pieces that feel like intimate solo variations on a theme, the 52-year-old Northern California artist has established a reputation as—no pun intended—an artist of note.

John Coleman, BFF, oil, 10 x 14.

John Coleman | Soul Connections

Coleman has been working professionally to create such convincing, absorbing illusions of life for almost a quarter of a century now. In that time, the 67-year-old artist has earned a stellar reputation in the world of western art, achieving along the way memberships in the prestigious National Sculpture Society since 1999 and the Cowboy...

Peter Fiore, Winter Tangle, oil, 18 x 18.

Peter Fiore | The Forest & The Trees

Peter Fiore’s oeuvre is a work in progress—a visual coalescence of ever-growing knowledge, technique, and aesthetic ideals. Each successive body of work builds upon the last to reflect not only the current moment in his journey but also the accumulation of every one that came before.

Eric Jacobsen, Barren Trees, oil, 11 x 14.

Eric Jacobsen | Painting from Life

Jacobsen’s penchant for painting on location also reflects his admiration for a long line of artists—landscape, figurative, or still-life—whose mastery was due, at least in part, to painting directly from life.

Anne Blair Brown, Welcome Home, oil, 24 x 24.

Anne Blair Brown | Into the Light

Several years ago, whenever artist Anne Blair Brown thought about her career, she felt blessed. She was represented by outstanding galleries, and her paintings were both selling and being juried into impressive shows. What more could an artist want? In fact, Brown did want more.

Rox Corbett, Windfall, charcoal, 22 x 28.

Rox Corbett | Drawing the Viewer In

These days Corbett works in a cozy log studio on a friend’s land almost 30 miles from the ranch beside the Clark Fork River where she and her husband live. Her subjects have expanded over the years from cattle-working scenes to other domesticated animals and North and South American wildlife, with horses remaining a...

Diane Ainsworth, Feeding Fish, oil, 40 x 40.

Diane Ainsworth | Coming Home

Ainsworth’s canvases feature landscapes, waterscapes, and genre scenes, such as people gathering in bars. She incorporates plein-air sketches, photographs, and models as reference material, and she always creates a thumbnail sketch to determine design and values—what she calls the “thinking part” of her process.

Krystii Melaine, Máóhksi’káán - Red Blanket, Blackfeet, oil, 24 x 16.

Krystii Melaine | Making Connections

Some might find it unusual that a native Australian would focus her fine-art career largely on the study and depiction of the American West and its cultures. However, Krystii Melaine uses her art not only as a way to preserve and revere but also as a vehicle to make connections—between past and present, artist...