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 | Jeremy Lipiking

By Bonnie Gangelhoff When Jeremy Lipking first appeared in Southwest Art in 2001, he was creating a major buzz among Southern California gallerists and artists. Some were comparing the young Californian to a modern-day John Singer Sargent. Lipking was a mere 26 years old at the time. His career has continued to flourish, and...

21 Under 31 | Jonathan Laidacker

ART EDUCATION: Masters of fine arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. STYLE: Trompe l’oeil. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: I work a lot from photographs, but I also use the photo as a prop in the painting. I present the photo instead of denying I am...

Bev Doolittle | Limited Edition Prints

By Myrna  Zanetell Frame House Gallery of Louisville, KY, began marketing the first limited-edition prints in 1967, and within a decade, sales of this innovative product had reached full stride. Robert Bateman, Terry Redlin and Bev Doolittle became a magical triad of offset lithographic print artists: Purchasing one of their images was like placing...

21 Under 31 | Michael Griffin

By Bonnie Gangelhoff ART EDUCATION: I was an art minor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Then I studied to become a commercial artist but decided to focus on fine art. I moved to Jackson Hole, where I took Scott Christensen’s workshop. I also studied with Matt Smith and Ralph Oberg. STYLE: I’m...

21 Over 31 | Nicole Desmond

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Nicole Desmond finds inspiration in the multicultural faces and figures she views every day on the bustling streets of New York City. Her model for LILLIAN is of Thai and German heritage, she says. “She is very lithe with a torso that is tremendously long,” Desmond explains. “I like the way...