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 | 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...

21 Under 31 | Jonathan Laidacker

ART EDUCATION: Masters of fine arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. STYLE: Trompe l’oeil. MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: I work a lot from photographs, but I also use the photo as a prop in the painting. I present the photo instead of denying I am...

Plein-Air Painting at the Grand Canyon

David Schwindt, Slopes on the Little Colorado, oil, 8 x 10. By Mary Jo Pitzl Take 15 artists. Insert in two rafts. Add easels, canvases, assorted oils, acrylics, and watercolors. Send them down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. After eight days, remove from river, stash paintings in backpacks, and hike eight miles...