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!

Mike Larsen, Chasing the Dawn, acrylic, 40 x 60.

Mike Larsen | Illuminating the Past

Larsen’s career as an artist has spanned more than 40 years. Although his subject matter includes landscapes and religious topics, he is most celebrated for his paintings, murals, and life-size bronze sculptures depicting American Indian culture, especially that of his own Chickasaw Nation heritage.

Marina Dieul, Pax Mundi, 5, oil, 12 x 12.

Emerging Artists | Marina Dieul

Meet Montreal-based painter Marina Dieul. Born in France and having studied art there at L’École des Beaux-Arts and Studio Escalier, she has been inspired by an unlikely source-invading household pests. Read more about her animal series as well as her award-winning portraits that feature the human species.

Deborah Paris, The Forest Primeval (study), oil, 18 x 24.

Deborah Paris | The Heart of the Ancient Forest

A veteran landscape painter and self-described artist-naturalist, Deborah Paris continually strives to be “not just a visitor in the woods, but also a participant.” Paris’ upcoming show, titled Lennox Woods—The Ancient Forest, represents the culmination of her 18-month “residency” in the 375-acre Lennox Woods Preserve.

Dustin Van Wechel, Through the Mountain Pass, oil, 24 x 30.

Dustin Van Wechel | Full Throttle

Dustin Van Wechel has been earning serious recognition in the 12 years since he decided to devote himself full time to fine art. His work is on view in Masters of the American West—the annual event at Los Angeles’ Autry National Center.