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.

Liz Wolf, Dreamtime, bronze, 16 x 12 x 16.

Liz Wolf | Spirit Within

Our July cover artist Liz Wolf takes inspiration from nature for her bronze sculptures. Wolf's pieces are reminiscent of the minimalist, elegant stone works of Native American cultures and feel both primitive and contemporary at the same time.

Daniel Sprick, Through My Fingers, oil, 60 x 60.

Daniel Sprick | Fictions

This essay by Timothy J. Standring is excerpted and adapted with the permission of the Denver Art Museum. This publication accompanies the exhibition Daniel Sprick’s Fictions: Recent Work, on view at the Denver Art Museum from June 29 through November 2.

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.”