Articles & Interviews

Here you’ll find art articles and art interviews on some of your favorite painters and sculptors of the West as well as upcoming artists. The editors of Southwest Art bring you in-depth art interviews and profiles, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of beautiful art studios and stories about current art events. Search for artists we’ve covered in the past, or discover new and emerging artists by checking back often to see the art articles we’ve added most recently!

21 Over 31 | Joshua Flint

By Bonnie Gangelhoff For the past year, North Carolina artist Joshua Flint has been working on a series of paintings depicting Grand Central Station in New York. “The main focus in my work is always the human element,” Flint says. THE EDGE OF FOREVER is a signature Flint piece—a slice of...

Jami Tobey | Magical Landscapes

By Norman Kolpas Look at paintings by Jami Tobey and many stylistic labels flash through your mind. Her paintings seem impressionistic, capturing scenes and images through loose composition, vibrant colors, fluid movement, and shifting light. Yet the simplified shapes and flattened depth of field also seem to speak of comic-book-inspired pop...

21 Under 31 | Lisa Gloria

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Lisa Gloria’s paintings are often about the past. For example, she likes to explore how sounds and sensations can collide to obscure and reshape people’s precious memories. She views her paintings as a blend of realism and expressionism and finds the juxtaposition a compelling combination. The Chicago-based artist...

21 Over 31 | Scott Metherd

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Halfway through the interview for this story, Scott Metherd announces, “I’ve got to go. There’s a fire.” As both a firefighter and a painter, Metherd offers a unique perspective. He is a captain in the Denver Fire Department and uses his spare time (he works shifts of 24...

21 Under 31 | Katie Swatland

By Bonnie Gangelhoff ART EDUCATION: After graduating from college, I sought out workshops by artists whose work I respected—Don Demers, Joseph McGurl, and Scott Christensen. In 2005, I was fortunate to meet Richard Schmid and I started studying with him. I still do. STYLE: My subject dictates how I will paint...

21 Under 31 | Kara Schmidt

  By Bonnie Gangelhoff ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. I’ve also studied with Carolyn Meyer and Craig Nelson. STYLE: I paint traditionally. I do use a few elements to make it more contemporary, like brighter colors and more interesting compositions. MOST INTERESTING...

21 Under 31 | Nadia Kasko

By Bonnie Gangelhoff ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Washington. I also have taken workshops with Teresa Saia. STYLE: Contemporary impressionism. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: I start with abstract shapes but somehow they develop into a landscape or still life. SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Architect....