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 | Karen Vance

By Bonnie Gangelhoff As this story was going to press, Karen Vance called to report that she had just won three top awards at the annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY. The award-winning painting, EMERGING SPRING, was purchased for the museum’s permanent collection. The...

21 Under 31 | Ryan Mellody

By Bonnie Gangelhoff ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. STYLE: Representational. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: Because I have a day job, I come home at night, lock myself in a room, put music on, and paint. SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Graphic design. Right now I am...