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.

Success Stories | John Coleman

By Bonnie Gangelhoff In July 1998, when John Coleman first appeared in Southwest Art, the then 49-year-old sculptor had been a professional artist for only four years. Trained as an illustrator, the Southern California native supported his growing family as a real estate developer in Arizona, a career he stuck at, he says, “until...

21 Under 31 | Cathy Sheeter

ART EDUCATION: Self-taught. STYLE: Realism to photorealism, with a focus on wildlife and western themes. Most of my work is black and white. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: Scratchboard is most effective when there is dramatic lighting and a good range of values and textures. I love figuring out how to...

21 Over 31 | Susan Driscoll

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Spooky, funny, beautiful—these are the adjectives California artist Susan Driscoll uses to describe her subject matter of choice. Driscoll has a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University at Fullerton but began taking painting classes seven years ago at Santa Ana College. “I always wanted to take art classes, and...