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.

Deep in the Heart of Texas | Deborah Paris

“Northeast Texas is where the prairies of north central Texas meet the piney woods of the south. It’s also a very rural, agricultural area with wide expanses of ranch land and cultivated fields. While there is nothing dramatic or majestic about it, it is a constant source of inspiration for me. What inspired this...

The Produce Aisle | Susan Evans

By Devon Jackson Colorado painter Malcolm Bryan mentored Susan Evans and guided her early on in the ways of still lifes in oil, but she needed no tutoring in drawing or composition. That’s because Evans, born in 1952 in Shreveport, LA, had worked as a commercial artist for nearly 20 years by the time...

William Acheff | Truths of the Spirit

Taos Jar [1999], oil, 7 x 9. By Norman Kolpas Trompe l’oeil. These days the French term, which means literally “trick the eye,” is so freely and swiftly applied to any painting with a three-dimensional sense of realism that many people don’t stop to think about why artists choose to paint trompe l’oeil works...

Bill Anton

Ancient Trails [1999], oil, 36 x 48. By Myrna I. Zanetell Thickly forested hills give way to high rolling meadows lush with grass and dotted with tiny wildflowers. This is western ranch country, where vast horizons celebrate freedom in its purest form. Here, in the shadow of Granite Mountain and near the old territorial...