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 | Wendy Chidester

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Adding machines, lunch boxes, record players, and old suitcases are a few of Wendy Chidester’s favorite things. “I love painting anything that has been replaced and forgotten,” the Utah artist says. She gathers subject matter for her contemporary still lifes everywhere she can, from antique shops to city streets. She once...

Success Stories | Matt Smith

By Bonnie Gangelhoff When Matt Smith was working on his degree in painting at Arizona State University, he was discouraged by the school’s focus on abstract art. He soon found himself studying the painting styles of classic American landscape artists such as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton, and Edgar Payne. Today, all the hard...

Beverly Blacksheep & Ben Harjo Jr. | Painting

Beverly Blacksheep, Between Heaven and Earth [1998], acrylic, 32 x 18. By Anne Hillerman Traditional Painting Beverly Blacksheep The daughter and granddaughter of weavers, Beverly Blacksheep grew up on the Navajo reservation, herding sheep and spinning and carding wool. But painting, not weaving, captured her imagination. Her mother had a print by Harrison Begay...

21 Under 31 | Joseph Iantorno

ART EDUCATION: I studied with David Leffel in workshops in New Mexico and California. I also have a degree in business. STYLE: Chiaroscuro. I like there to be mood in the painting. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: People think I use glazes because my paintings are dark. But I don’t. I...