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.

21 Over 31 | Scott Royston

By Bonnie Gangelhoff SUMMERTIME THIRST QUENCHER was born of a strictly “Baltimore thing,” Scott Royston says. According to the Maryland-based artist, locals like to sip lemonade through peppermint sticks. “They are porous and act like a straw,” he says, explaining the special attributes of the red-and-white striped candy. In general, the subject matter of...

Success Stories | Mian Situ

By Bonnie Gangelhoff In 1995, the Oil Painters of America awarded Mian Situ its top prize—Best of Show at its National Juried Exhibition. The prestigious award seemed to announce Situ’s arrival to the representational art world. Today his intricate, large-scale depictions of his native China, as well as the Chinese immigrant experience in the...

Legends of Fine Art | James Bama

JAMES BAMA By Gussie Fauntleroy James Bama had never lived outside the city when he and his wife moved from Manhattan to a cabin in Wyoming in 1968. But the qualities that made Bama one of the country’s leading illustrators—highly detailed realism and compelling impact—have served him equally well in his long and much-admired...