Southwest Art February 2021

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
the views around us

I’M WRITING THIS NOTE in mid-December in suburban Denver, where we’ve had snow on the ground for at least a week now. This is notable: Usually our snowstorms are followed quickly by a return to bright sunshine and warmer temperatures, so the snow disappears even faster than it fell. Thanks to an extended stretch of cold and clouds, though, we haven’t had that luxury lately. I’m a dedicated distance runner, and all that packed-down snow makes for slippery footing on my favorite trail, but it also means the landscape I run through is lovely to look at. This week one of my runs coincided perfectly with the golden hour right before sunset, when low light makes everything beautiful. The powdery blue sky, white snow covering the ground, and golden-yellow grasses and…

2 min
joe barbieri

JOE BARBIERI admires artists who paint loosely and impressionistically, but he admits that he is a confirmed “detail” man through and through. “I gave up years ago trying to be something I am not,” Barbieri says. “I just paint what I see and feel about particular subjects that appear beautiful and worthy of painting to me.” Unlike some artists who narrow their focus to one genre, such as landscapes, Texas-based Barbieri relishes painting a variety of subjects. His body of work features everything from elegant still lifes in the tradition of the Dutch masters to scenes of American cowboys herding cattle. Last year one of his western scenes, INCOMING, won the Gold Medal at the annual Bosque Art Classic show and sale at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton, TX. Although Barbieri…

2 min
marjorie hicks

ONE DAY in a workshop, a student asked Marjorie Hicks how to paint something white against a white background. In response, Hicks quickly assembled a collection of various white objects in order to demonstrate the answer: three stuffed bunnies, a porcelain dog, and a clear glass full of milk. The impromptu painting eventually morphed into a whimsical still life titled STUDY IN WHITE. Recently, that spontaneous tableau was juried into the American Impressionist Society’s first-ever Online Juried Exhibition. “I love teaching as much as I love painting,” Hicks says. “With teaching, you are forced to paint in a clear fashion.” The Tennessee-based painter says that drawing and sketching have been some of her lifelong passions. It wasn’t until she studied with widely renowned master painter David Leffel, though, that she delved…

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tara will

TARA WILL used to describe herself as a homebody, but that changed dramatically when she attended her first pleinair event a decade ago. The outdoor experience was a revelation. “I hadn’t realized how much I love to travel and capture new places with my own perspective,” Will says. Today, painting on location still thrills the Maryland-based pastelist. This year Will plans to participate in eight pleinair events, chasing the light in destinations ranging from Cape Ann, MA, to Sonoma, CA. In fact, she says that capturing the light on a subject is far more interesting and inspiring than the subject itself. Last July Will took home a Best of Show award from Maryland’s well-regarded Plein Air Easton event; it was the first time she had been juried into the competitive show. Her…

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masters of the american west

THE ANNUAL Masters of the American West exhibition and sale at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles is always one of the most anticipated western art shows of the year, and this year is no exception. Although there have been necessary adjustments to comply with public health regulations, organizers still plan to deliver the premium artwork, content, and experiences collectors have come to expect. Artists are accepted into the prestigious exhibition every year either by invitation or by juried application, and the 24th annual edition features 62 participating artists and approximately 160 works. Both established and emerging painters and sculptors have submitted a selection of their finest western-focused work. Subjects include landscapes, cowboys, Native Americans, portraits, and wildlife; styles range from representational to abstracted. Painters Brett Allen Johnson, Joshua LaRock, and…

3 min
the painted west

FOR AN AUTUMN SCENE set against shimmering golden aspens, Terri Kelly Moyers was sketching a blanket-draped Native American man on horseback when a gust of wind blew up. The blanket flared like a sail and the model leaned forward, spreading his arms to catch it. “It was beautiful,” the artist says. “One of those little moments you don’t plan on, but it can make all the difference.” The painting’s title, A SUDDEN CHANGE, has meaning on multiple levels: the rider’s response to the capriciousness of weather, the artist’s happy use of an unexpected occurrence, and the changeable nature of life itself. “Sometimes we have to readjust and go with the flow,” she says. Moyers—who now lives in California after spending many years in New Mexico—is one of nine award-winning painters whose…