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.

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...

21 Over 31 | Charles Young Walls

By Bonnie Gangelhoff For Charles Young Walls, one of the joys of art is to find intriguing objects to paint and then push his abilities and aesthetic sense to the highest level. “I don’t allow myself to stay safe artistically,” the Georgia-based artist says. In PERSIMMON AND BRONZE, he painted directly from life without...

Success Stories | John Coleman

By Bonnie Gangelhoff In July 1998, when John Coleman first appeared in Southwest Art, the then 49-year-old sculptor had been a professional artist for only four years. Trained as an illustrator, the Southern California native supported his growing family as a real estate developer in Arizona, a career he stuck at, he says, “until...