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!

Legends of Fine Art | David Leffel

DAVID LEFFEL By Bonnie Gangelhoff When looking at a still life or portrait by David Leffel, there is the sense that one has stepped back in time to the era of Rembrandt and the Dutch masters. A Leffel piece emanates the same high drama of chiaroscuro—the theatrics of light and shadow employed by masterful...

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...

Milestones October 1999

The Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, WA, has broken ground on a new facility. The new 36,000-square-foot, three-story museum is scheduled to open in January 2001 in downtown Bellevue.