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....

William Acheff | Truths of the Spirit

Taos Jar [1999], oil, 7 x 9. By Norman Kolpas Trompe l’oeil. These days the French term, which means literally “trick the eye,” is so freely and swiftly applied to any painting with a three-dimensional sense of realism that many people don’t stop to think about why artists choose to paint trompe l’oeil works...

Bill Anton

Ancient Trails [1999], oil, 36 x 48. By Myrna I. Zanetell Thickly forested hills give way to high rolling meadows lush with grass and dotted with tiny wildflowers. This is western ranch country, where vast horizons celebrate freedom in its purest form. Here, in the shadow of Granite Mountain and near the old territorial...