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.

Patrick Saunders, Howdy, oil, 18 x 14.

Patrick Saunders | Plein Air Streaming

For the past three years, the couple’s full-time home has been an Airstream trailer in which they go from place to beautiful place, from one plein-air event to another and to painting workshops the 48-year-old artist teaches.
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.