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 Artist of 2009 | Suchitra Bhosle

By Norman Koplas When regarding Suchitra Bhosle’s self-assured oil portraits and figures, which are distinguished by their glowing palette, exquisite brushwork, and relaxed yet perfectly balanced composition, it’s mind-boggling to learn that the 33-year-old artist began her serious fine-art studies less than eight years ago. RED SCARF, OIL, 16 X 20 Born and raised...

21 Over 31 | Deon Matzen

By Bonnie Gangelhoff A trip to the local dump was all it took to get Deon Matzen inspired to create DIAMOND T TANKER II. The Washington artist recalls the day she brought some cardboard there for recycling and spotted the colorful truck. “Everything usually turns green and gets covered in moss here,” Matzen says....

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...