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.

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...

Mary Roberson, Partners in Nature, oil, 33 x 43.

Mary Roberson | Embracing Her Vision

As a young woman in art school in the late 1960s, Mary Roberson found herself confronted with instructors who were unable to see past a certain artistic status quo. Yet for all the times her defiant nature seemed to upstage her better judgment, it was art that kept her going through difficult periods in...

Jane Hunt, Frozen Creek, oil, 16 x 20.

Jane Hunt | Artist to Watch

When Colorado landscape painter Jane Hunt was growing up, her family seemed to be in perpetual motion. Between the ages of 8 and 15, Hunt moved back and forth three times between England and the United States thanks to her father’s career as an engineer. Reflecting back on the peripatetic nature of her childhood,...

Mark Mehaffey, Into the Light, watercolor, 30 x 22.

Mark Mehaffey | No Limits

Mark Mehaffey used to jokingly say he was a schizophrenic painter, using the outmoded term for someone who couldn’t settle on a single personality. In his case, he had no desire to choose one medium or even one style—and still doesn’t. But these days he uses a more politically correct phrase and calls himself...