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 | Matt Smith

By Bonnie Gangelhoff When Matt Smith was working on his degree in painting at Arizona State University, he was discouraged by the school’s focus on abstract art. He soon found himself studying the painting styles of classic American landscape artists such as Maynard Dixon, William Herbert Dunton, and Edgar Payne. Today, all the hard...

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...

Beverly Blacksheep & Ben Harjo Jr. | Painting

Beverly Blacksheep, Between Heaven and Earth [1998], acrylic, 32 x 18. By Anne Hillerman Traditional Painting Beverly Blacksheep The daughter and granddaughter of weavers, Beverly Blacksheep grew up on the Navajo reservation, herding sheep and spinning and carding wool. But painting, not weaving, captured her imagination. Her mother had a print by Harrison Begay...