Editor’s Letter

Zinnia Bouquet by Daniel Keys.

Editor’s Letter | The Interview Issue

In this month’s issue, we’re trying to re-create that experience for you as much as possible. Although we can’t put you face-to-face with each featured artist (wouldn’t it be great if we could!), we’ve included interviews in which the artists speak directly to our questions about some of their most significant recent works.

Cathedral by Bart Forbes.

Editor’s Letter | The Beauty of Winter

In this month’s special section on landscape painting, which starts on page 66, you’ll find many scenic views to peruse. And whether you share my appreciation for winter’s beauty or not, I hope you’ll share my admiration for the talent of these painters.

E.M. Hennings, Homeward Bound (1933-34), oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Editor’s Letter | Painting the Southwest

Ask me to name a favorite artist, and I’m at a loss; there are far too many wonderful artists to pick just one. But ask me to name some of my favorite artists’ groups, and the Taos Society of Artists would certainly be near the top of the list. I’ve always been drawn to...

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.

Aspen III by Guido Frick.

Editor’s Letter | Meet the Artists

I’ve spent the past two weekends in the company of art and art lovers at major western art events. Just yesterday I returned from visiting Santa Fe during Indian Market weekend—the high point of the busy summer art season. Indian Market is the world’s largest Native American art event and draws tens of thousands...

Blue Cup and Pansies by Richard Schmid.

Editor’s Letter | Living Master

Today Schmid’s works are rarely seen in shows and galleries, so collectors and enthusiasts alike are thrilled that Gallery 1261 in Denver is the venue for a significant retrospective this month. With at least 30 works on loan from private collections, it’s sure to be a major event.

Las Flores by Terri Kelly Moyers

Editor’s Letter | Summertime Fun

It’s the height of summer, and that means it’s time for a slew of art shows in the West, from big invitationals to plein-air festivals to auctions and more. At this time of year it’s hard to find a weekend when there isn’t an opportunity to see great art! In June I had the...

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Editor’s Letter | Surface Quality

I am always fascinated by the surfaces of paintings. Maybe that’s because I’m not an artist myself, so there’s a certain sense of mystery I feel about paint and its many personalities. I tend to walk right up to an artwork to inspect it at close range, and I’m amazed by the many different...

Clyde Aspevig, Wild Plum, Fort Smith, MT, oil, 24 x 30.

Editor’s Letter | Endless Beauty

When I first joined the staff of this magazine many years ago, I knew very little about the world of western art. My background was in journalism and writing, and my new boss—longtime editor Susan Hallsten McGarry—assured me that I would learn about the art world as I went along.