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.

Top Emerging Artists of 2009 | Jill Carver

The first thing you notice when talking to Texas-based artist Jill Carver is her accent. No, it’s not southern; it’s British. Growing up in Bedfordshire, England, Carver says she was a shy child and a bit of a tomboy who loved bird-watching and drawing. At school she quickly became known as the class artist....

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...

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...