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!

Barbara Jaenicke, Enchanted Evening, pastel, 16 x 20.

Emerging Artists | Barbara Jaenicke

You might call impressionist Barbara Jaenicke a painter of light. Light-filled landscapes in any region and any season fascinate her, but the Northwest winters especially suit her taste for capturing the play of light and shadow on snow.

Terry Cooke Hall, Wind in His Sails, oil, 12 x 9.

Emerging Artists | Terry Cooke Hall

Wielding 30 years of graphic design and illustration experience, Terry Cooke Hall infuses her distinctive figure paintings with everything from California Impressionism and the golden age of illustration to flavors of the Southwest and Art Deco panache.

Zufar Bikbov, Stones of Bridge, oil, 14 x 11.

Emerging Artists | Zufar Bikbov

Since Bikbov has been painting en plein air in the United States, he says his landscapes and townscapes—which still bear marks of Russian Impressionism—have acquired “higher key colors.”

Adam Clague, In Her Eyes, oil, 16 x 16.

Emerging Artists | Adam Clague

Clague, who completed his graduate studies in fine art at Pensacola Christian College and today lives in Missouri, describes his painting style as impressionistic realism; his goal is to “faithfully” capture the essence of his subject.

Peggy Judy, Big Dreams, acrylic, 24 x 18.

Emerging Artists | Peggy Judy

An equestrian passion runs in the Colorado native’s family—her husband is an equine veterinarian and her two children, now grown, are skilled horsemen—so it seems only natural that paintings of horses and horsemanship claim a major portion of Judy’s oeuvre.

Mike Hernandez, China Cove, gouache, 6 x 6.

Emerging Artists | Mike Hernandez

Los Angeles-based plein-air artist Mike Hernandez defines his paintings as “risk- taking” balanced by restraint. Working primarily in gouache, Hernandez approaches his subject matter as though he were looking for the right words to pay tribute to a beautiful woman.

Cecilia Robertson, Pear With Red Grapes, oil, 6 x 8.

Emerging Artists | Cecilia Robertson

Robertson, who demonstrated artistic talents even as a child, heeded an inner call to paint in 1992, while juggling a career as a clinical psychologist in Texas. Since embarking on her creative path, Robertson has taken notes from mentors such as Bob Rohm, Jill Carver, Skip Whitcomb, and Bill Gallen, and along the way,...