Author Archives: Southwest Art

Jesse Hitchens, Under the Bridge, oil, 24 x 36.

Emerging Artists | Jesse Hitchens

Hitchens, whose impressionistic style reflects contemporary and imaginative realism. “Ever since I was a child, nature has fascinated me. I have memories of sitting outside watching the leaves blow in the wind and creating infinite patterns.”

David Caton, Santa Elena Canyon, Downstream, oil, 48 x 60.

Show Preview | David Caton

The show opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, November 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Caton is also in the gallery on Saturday, November 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., to discuss the 25 to 30 works in the show, all of which are from late 2015 and 2016, so they represent Caton’s...

Michele Usibelli, It’s All About Summer, oil, 16 x 20.

Show Preview | Women Artists of the West Show

Most meet-the-artists events happen on the opening evening or weekend of a show. But the artists’ reception for the 46th annual Women Artists of the West National Exhibition takes place at the midpoint of the four-week-long show, which opens on November 15.

William Haskell, Arizona Journey, acrylic, 14 x 18.

Show Preview | Western Art Show

This month, the Mountain Oyster Club throws open its doors to the general public for its 47th annual Western Art Show and Sale. “It’s a western show, but it’s contemporary western,” says show director Alisha Taylor. “We have an eclectic range of artwork in subject matter and style, a good mix of contemporary and...

John Coleman, BFF, oil, 10 x 14.

John Coleman | Soul Connections

Coleman has been working professionally to create such convincing, absorbing illusions of life for almost a quarter of a century now. In that time, the 67-year-old artist has earned a stellar reputation in the world of western art, achieving along the way memberships in the prestigious National Sculpture Society since 1999 and the Cowboy...

Dragonfly by John Coleman.

Editor’s Letter | Deeper Meaning

Artists create for all kinds of reasons. Some may be motivated to portray a particular way of life; others might be fascinated by the individual personalities of people or animals. Still others may be struck by the beauty to be found in daily life.

Karl Dempwolf, Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies, oil, 16 x 16.

Artist of Note | Karl Dempwolf

California artist Karl Dempwolf has a deep love of nature. When he sets up his paint box, he says, “It’s not really important that it’s going to turn into some fantastic painting. It’s just the act of being out in nature all by myself, sitting in God’s creation, and putting something down on canvas.”