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!

Top Emerging Artists of 2009 | Bryce Cameron Liston

By Bonnie Gangelhoff When it came time for the judges to hand out the best of show award at the annual Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, the honor went to Bryce Cameron Liston for his sensual, classically rendered figurative piece, PAISLEY. The judges rewarded Liston’s ability to embody...

Top Emerging Artists of 2009 | Doug Fryer

By Bonnie Gangelhoff As an artist Doug Fryer feels passionately about the things he paints. “These feelings deepen as I work through the painting,” Fryer says. “I enter a state of mind that is beautiful and meaningful. That’s the state of mind I want the viewer to enter, so that they...

Legends of Fine Art | Merrill Mahaffey

MERRIL MAHAFFEY By Bonnie Gangelhoff Earlier this year, Merrill Mahaffey was honored with a 50-year retrospective of his work at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Viewers could peruse his impressive body of work that captures the visual splendor and power of the American West, from the multi-layered rocks of...

Legends of Fine Art | Kenneth Bunn

By Norman Koplas A single glimpse of a wildlife sculpture by Kenneth Bunn provides ample proof of the artistic precept that you don’t necessarily have to capture every minute detail to be true to life. “I work in impressionistic surfaces,” Bunn explains, “with the goal of being true to the spirit...

Legends of Fine Art | Roy Andersen

ROY ANDERSEN By Bonnie Gangelhoff As a boy growing up in New Hampshire, Roy Andersen always knew he wanted to be a cowboy or an Indian someday. In many ways, Andersen has lived out those dreams as a foremost painter of his childhood heroes. Although he began his career as a...

Legends of Fine Art | James Reynolds

JAMES REYNOLDS By Gussie Fauntleroy James Reynolds once summed up his passion for western art by saying simply, “I just like to paint cowboys.” It’s a humble explanation for a career that situates Reynolds among the most acclaimed and admired of western artists. His many honors over the years include the...

Legends of Fine Art | Richard Schmid

RICHARD SCHMID By Bonnie Gangelhoff Almost from the time he began seriously studying art, Richard Schmid funneled his energy into one approach: alla prima, in which the artist works exclusively from life and completes a painting in a single session. At the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Schmid absorbed the...

Legends of Fine Art | Phyllis Kapp

PHYLLIS KAPP By Bonnie Gangelhoff It was 25 years ago that Phyllis Kapp opened her studio on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. The studio eventually evolved into Waxlander Gallery, where over time she nurtured and represented countless other artists. Kapp has often said she is inspired by nature, specifically the landscapes...