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.

Camille Przewodek, Autumn Morning, oil, 8 x 10.

Camille Przewodek | Light and Color

Camille Przewodek has spent more than three decades assiduously learning what to do with colors, especially when she’s painting those she sees in the open air and she proudly describes herself as a “plein-air colorist.”

Joan Potter, Roses III, oil, 17 x 20.

Joan Potter | A Master Painter for our time

Still-life painter Joan Potter left the mean streets of New York City to pursue her art in the southwest. “I thought the architecture was so unique in Santa Fe, after living in Manhattan, and the sky was this Mediterranean blue. It was beautiful,” Potter says.

Nocona Burgess, Full Moon Ghost Dog, acrylic, 48 x 48.

Nocona Burgess | Proud Heritage

New Mexico-based painter Nocona Burgess is proud of his roots. “The most important thing is that I am proud of my heritage and that I like to promote the history of not only my family and the Comanche Nation but all tribes and their stories.”

Jake Gaedtke, The Power & the Glory (Study), oil, 9 x 12.

Jake Gaedtke | Total Immersion

Landscape painter Jake Gaedtke expresses primal connections with art and nature. “Painting in nature felt like I was home. I had the epiphany that this is what I really wanted to do. This is what I was meant to do.”

Mike Larsen, Chasing the Dawn, acrylic, 40 x 60.

Mike Larsen | Illuminating the Past

Larsen’s career as an artist has spanned more than 40 years. Although his subject matter includes landscapes and religious topics, he is most celebrated for his paintings, murals, and life-size bronze sculptures depicting American Indian culture, especially that of his own Chickasaw Nation heritage.

Deborah Paris, The Forest Primeval (study), oil, 18 x 24.

Deborah Paris | The Heart of the Ancient Forest

A veteran landscape painter and self-described artist-naturalist, Deborah Paris continually strives to be “not just a visitor in the woods, but also a participant.” Paris’ upcoming show, titled Lennox Woods—The Ancient Forest, represents the culmination of her 18-month “residency” in the 375-acre Lennox Woods Preserve.

Dustin Van Wechel, Through the Mountain Pass, oil, 24 x 30.

Dustin Van Wechel | Full Throttle

Dustin Van Wechel has been earning serious recognition in the 12 years since he decided to devote himself full time to fine art. His work is on view in Masters of the American West—the annual event at Los Angeles’ Autry National Center.