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 Over 31 | Jill Barton

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Painter Jill Barton makes her home in the heart of Utah, but her imagery is often inspired by far-flung cultures and religions. The spiritual practice of Buddhism holds a special allure. “I’m not a practicing Buddhist, but I’ve studied it, and I believe in the power of now and of being...

Success Stories | Josh Elliott

By Bonnie Gangelhoff You might be tempted to think that Montana-based landscape painter Josh Elliott had a head start, growing up the son of successful wildlife painter Steve Elliott. But doing so would discount the innate talent, unique vision, and unrelenting hard work of the younger Elliott, whose impressionistic oil-on-canvas scenes portray the grandeur...

Ethelinda | Making Her Mark

River Dance, oil, 70 x 80. By Sally Eauclaire “To make a mark in the art world you have to do something outlandishly spectacular,” says Ethelinda, a painter with a flair for scale and spectacle. Best known for her life-size portraits of Native Americans wearing ceremonial dress, she also paints spirited Appaloosa horses and...

Jessie & Paul Rosetta, Vernon Haskie | Jewelry Design

By Anne Hillerman Traditional Jewelry Vernon Haskie, 14k gold bracelet inlaid with red coral [2000]. Jessie and Paul Rosetta Husband-and-wife artists Jessie and Paul Rosetta are known for their heishi—traditional Santo Domingo Pueblo-style drilled stone and shell jewelry. While many jewelers work with shell, the Rosettas are among the few who start with whole...