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.

Brad Rude | Wild Kingdom

Washington's Brad Rude sculpts familiar animals in surreal situations. Rude's work is somewhere between western realism, abstract openness, and “The Twilight Zone.”

21 Over 31 | Allen Garns

By Bonnie Gangelhoff In GLOBE, Allen Garns offers viewers a portrayal of an old movie theater in downtown Los Angeles. The painting sprung from reference photographs and drawings he had made and saved 20 years ago. “I have a real feeling for L.A. because I used to visit my father at the fire department...

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...