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!

Success Stories | Nancy Bush

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Nancy Bush grew up knowing it was possible to have a career as an artist. After all, she saw a stellar example of success in her uncle Ralph Rowntree, an internationally known portraitist. “When I first started out,” Bush says, “I was going to be a portrait painter...

Success Stories | Luke Frazier

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Luke Frazier spent every spare childhood moment he had hunting and fishing in the unspoiled mountain wilderness near his boyhood home in Provo, UT. As a high school senior, he finally picked up oils and a brush, and he continued to paint as a college engineering major. “When...

Success Stories | Sandra Pratt

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Thick, juicy paint combines with an inspired sense of color harmony in a signature Sandra Pratt landscape. Pratt spent a year at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to Colorado, where she began to transfer her love of nature onto canvases that explore texture, shape, and color....

Success Stories | Richard Greeves

RICHARD GREEVES By Bonnie Gangelhoff To hear Richard Greeves explain it, he was predestined to sculpt bronze figures celebrating the Lewis and Clark expedition. “Being born in St. Louis, where their Corps of Discovery started out, I was surrounded by that history,” he says. “As a kid I haunted the Missouri...

21 Over 31 | Diane Farr

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Ohio-based painter Diane Farr is inspired by calming and beautiful things. ARRANGEMENT WITH FORTUNE COOKIES happens to be one of her personal favorites, perhaps for sentimental reasons, she admits. “I love Chinese food. This piece reminds me of when I lived in Boston because I lived on Chinese...

21 Over 31 | Sydney Brown

  By Bonnie Gangelhoff When Sydney Brown saw a toy monkey in a local store, she knew she had to paint the funky creature. The simian eventually became the focal point in MR. FANDANGO WAITS FOR HIS CUE, which is so titled because the monkey looks as if it is sitting...

21 Over 31 | Francois Chartier

By Bonnie Gangelhoff After working for 30 years in the advertising world as a commercial artist, Francois Chartier decided it was time for something different. At 50, with no formal art education, he entered the fine-art world full time. An avid scuba diver, Chartier says he is naturally drawn to water...

21 Over 31 | Brian Burt

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Brian Burt likes to describe his work as a contemporary take on the still-life genre but executed in a traditional style. “Instead of bowls of fruit, I use objects in my day-to-day life,” the Ohio-based artist says. Indeed, a viewer of a Burt tablescape is treated to an...

21 Over 31 | Rowan Hill

By Bonnie Gangelhoff In JUMP!, Canadian artist Rowan Hill captures the exuberance of little girls flying up in the air on a trampoline. Hill says that when she sees such scenes, she quickly grabs a camera. “I want to remember what caught my eye. Was it a shape, a color, a...