Southwest Art November 2020

The work of the West's most accomplished artists come to your home in the pages of Southwest Art. Dedicated to the coverage and preservation of this unique genre of American art, each issue profiles the artists of the Southwest and looks at their work and what to expect in the upcoming times. Written for collectors, dealers and art enthusiasts of all levels, Southwest Art acts as your very own gallery, with brightly colored photography of hand-picked pieces filling the pages!

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in this issue

2 min
on location

IN THE MIDDLE of September, I spent a long weekend high up in the Colorado mountains. After a scorching summer of record-setting heat, we’d just had an equally record-setting freak snowstorm, and that meant the mornings were downright cold up at 10,000 feet. On one of those mornings my husband and I set out for a drive, hoping to see some of the aspen trees beginning to turn their brilliant golden color. That didn’t quite work out—it was still a bit too early—but an impromptu side trip proved to be an unexpected highlight. Just 5 miles off the main road, the view suddenly opened up to reveal a gorgeous alpine lake surrounded by pine trees and backed by jagged, snow-capped peaks. My first thought: “This would be a great place…

2 min
jenny buckner

AS A FORMER photographer, artist Jenny Buckner has both a discerning eye and a sixth sense for scenes with strong design. At plein-air events, while other artists employ viewfinders to zero in on their compositions, Buckner uses her smartphone’s camera to do the job. “You see all the largest shapes—the dark ones and the light ones—in that small frame,” she says. This trick also works well back at her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you’re more likely to find the North Carolina native painting in her studio than outdoors. “I prefer no bugs and lots of loud music,” she chuckles. Although Buckner works in a variety of genres, she’s partial to animals and flowers. As a girl, she considered becoming a veterinarian or a floriculturist, eventually earning her degree…

2 min
diane n. eugster

FOR YEARS, figurative artist Diane N. Eugster saved a photograph she had snapped in the backyard of her home in Las Vegas, NV, thinking it would inspire a great painting one day. Starring in the photograph is a girl who has wrapped a shawl around her shoulders and face, covering her nose and mouth, as if she’s steeling herself against a chill in the air. “I always liked that photo, but I didn’t know what to do with it to make a painting,” Eugster says from her home in Phoenix, AZ, where she and her husband moved four years ago. “During this pandemic,” Eugster continues, “that shawl around her mouth reminded me of the masks [we are wearing] and of being isolated and holding everything close.” Seeing her photograph in this…

2 min
tamara rymer

TAKE A GLANCE through the oeuvre of Tamara Rymer and you’ll find subjects ranging from southwestern scenery to cowgirls to horses to the Hawaiian coast. Diverse as they may be, the artist’s oil paintings each tell a story about Rymer’s own life from her vantage point, wherever she happens to travel. Even in her ongoing series featuring teepees beneath blazing sunsets and expansive desert skies, the artist’s structures are situated where she herself stood and looked out at the world at one point in time. “I paint what I see, what’s around me, and what I’ve experienced,” says Rymer. “I’m recording snips of time, right then and there.” Road trips between her residences in Santa Fe, NM, and Austin, TX, have inspired some of the artist’s latest landscape works, including striking…

3 min
john coleman

FOUR YEARS AGO at Legacy Gallery, consummate western artist John Coleman debuted a major show two years in the making, with 20 artworks portraying the uncannily realistic American Indian subjects and scenes for which he is renowned. Now, at the age of 71, the esteemed member of the Cowboy Artists of America and the National Sculpture Society returns with another collection of 20 works completed over the last two years and bearing the same title as the previous show: Spirit, Lives, Legends. It opens on Saturday, November 14, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., which the artist plans to attend. “The morning of, or the day before,” adds Coleman, “I’ll be doing a talk and leading tours, though we’ll break into smaller, socially distanced groups to keep people…

2 min
eric bowman

“IT’S FUN TO COME along on the journey as an artist evolves,” says Beau Alexander, owner of Maxwell Alexander Gallery. When that artist is Eric Bowman—known for his evocative portrayals of the American West, accomplished in a stylized realism that is wholly his own and also reminiscent of early 20th-century artists like Ernest Blumenschein and other members of the fabled Taos Six—the next step of that journey promises to be not only fun but also intriguing and rewarding. For evidence, look no further than the dozen works in Bowman’s solo show this month at Maxwell Alexander. Although the gallery remains open by appointment only, the complete show appears on its website. Bowman’s current state of evolution as an artist is apparent in the title of the show: Indigenous Suite. As the…