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.

Cindy Wilbur, Scent of Lavender, oil, 16 x 16.

Cindy Wilbur | Shoot for the Moon

Over the years, studying with such landscape painters as Gil Dellinger, Kathleen Dunphy, and Brian Blood as well as teaching workshops herself, Wilbur's approach has evolved from fairly realistic to a looser, impressionistic style.
Jeremy Winborg, The Potato Seller, oil, 24 x 18.

Jeremy Winborg | Following his Heart

Gradually, the artist found less and less satisfaction in merely “painting what I thought would sell.” That’s when he began turning back to the mostly American Indian-inspired figurative works that the East Coast gallery owner had warned him to avoid.
Karmel Timmons, The Horse Knows, pencil, 18 x 22.

Karmel Timmons | Drawing on Determination

Initially Timmons focused primarily on detailed, close-up imagery of horses’ heads and necks. Over the years her compositions developed and expanded to include the entire animal, multiple horses, and sometimes a horse and rider.
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.”