Editor’s Letter

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.

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Editor’s Letter | A Continuing Story

I’ve got to hand it to the person on Southwest Art’s staff—I don’t know who it was—who decided, early on, that it would be a good idea to put aside one copy of each issue to be protected for posterity in a set of bound volumes. Each of these heavy hard-cover books contains half...

A father’s portrait of his son: Andrew Wyeth, Faraway, dry brush, 14 x 22. The Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth Collection. ©Andrew Wyeth.

Editor’s Letter | Family Dynamics

Last month I got to see the wonderful exhibition Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio at the Denver Art Museum. It was the first time I had seen so many pictures by Andrew Wyeth in one place, and the first time I had seen Jamie Wyeth’s work in person. As many other visitors...