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.

Mejo Okon, The Reverend, oil, 12 x 12.

Mejo Okon | In Living Color

At the age of 65 and advantageously based in Albuquerque, NM, Mejo Okon is delighted to be painting these willing western subjects every day in dramatic, realistic compositions that are as richly glowing as a classic Technicolor western movie.
Mark Laguë, Golden Gate From Above, oil, 60 x 72.

Mark Laguë | Facets of Color & Light

Over the past few years, Laguë has become especially fascinated with aerial views of skyscrapers, street scenes, and other urban vignettes. Such unusual viewpoints upend traditional perspective, at the same time infusing each composition with additional dynamism.
Andrew Peters, Spring Hawk, oil, 24 x 30.

Andrew Peters | Wild at Heart

These days Andrew Peters is known for his luminous interpretations of the American West. With a painterly, impressionistic sensibility, he depicts mountain peaks at daybreak, snow-covered hay bales, and alpine rivers above timberline.
Eric Merrell, Desert Shores, oil, 40 x 40.

Eric Merrell | A Sense of Wonder

A key moment in the development of Eric Merrel's nocturnes was the realization that, since subjects in the dark all had similar values without much of the contrast one sees by daylight, he had to depict form by using color alone.
David Caton, The Sawtooths, oil, 48 x 60.

David Caton | Beyond the Literal

If you didn’t know that David Caton was a landscape painter, the first sign you might see of his lifelong, deep connection with nature are the glass cases that hold his extensive collection of seashells from around the world.