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 | Mejo Okon

By Bonnie Gangelhoff Mejo Okon is fond of repeating what natives from the Lone Star State often say: “There are two Texases: Texas and West Texas.” Okon moved to West Texas from Indiana three years ago, straight into the heart of ranching country. Since settling there, she has found endless inspiration in cowboys and...

Success Stories | Morgan Weistling

By Bonnie Gangelhoff California painter Morgan Weistling is known as one of the great visual storytellers of his generation. His complex scenes often feature scores of characters engaged in activities, from a family gathering around a fireplace to women and children at a quilting bee. Weistling brings a master’s touch to lighting, atmosphere, and...

Portfolio | Oil Painters of America

Kate Palmer, Point Pinos, oil, 11 x 12 By Cristina Adams · Kate Palmer · Landscape painter Kate Palmer says that for her the natural world has always been “a wellspring of inspiration, solace, and contentment.” In 1990 Palmer moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico, drawn by the state’s dramatic desert vistas and ever-changing...

Emerging Artists | Hardy, Marill, Tew, Yorke

What We All Have in Common, colored pencil, 16 1/2 x 22 1/2 Linda Lucas Hardy “We really are a strange section of the art world, us colored-pencil people,” admits Linda Lucas Hardy with a laugh. “And it is tedious, but we love it.” Hovering somewhere between photorealism and the old masters, Hardy’s colored-pencil...

Gene Kloss | A Printmaking Virtuoso

By Jennifer F. Cook A retrospective exhibition of more than 185 works from Gene Kloss’ 60-year career, A Kloss Celebration: Prints, Paintings, and Poetry, is on view through November 28 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, CO. Self-Portrait and the Golden Gate [1951], drypoint, 14 x 11. Courtesy Gallery A, Taos,...