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.
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.”
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.”
Julie Bender takes fine-art pyrography to new heights
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.
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 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.
In celebration of what would have been the 100th anniversary of Houser’s birth, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is showcasing Houser’s influence on other artists in the exhibition Allan Houser and His Students. The exhibit portrays the distinguished artist as teacher and mentor and runs through May 11.
Ewoud de Groot is known in both the Netherlands and the United States for his contemporary wildlife works ranging from portrayals of lumbering moose resting in calm water to birds of prey soaring ominously toward the viewer.
Pauline Roche honors the creative process and is fast becoming known for works depicting people involved in artistic pursuits. Such works offer Roche the chance to capture people enthralled and in the moment, she says.