Southwest Art June/July 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!

United States
Peak Media Properties, LLC
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
remembering richard schmid

THE ART WORLD lost one of its most beloved members in April when renowned painter Richard Schmid passed away peacefully at his home in New Hampshire. He was 86 years old. I first met Schmid in Colorado in the late 1990s; he and his wife, artist Nancy Guzik, lived for a time in the mountains above Fort Collins, CO, before they relocated to New England. It was early in my career at Southwest Art, and while I knew that he was a highly regarded artist, I wasn’t experienced enough at the time to fully appreciate the breadth of his influence on the art world. It didn’t take any experience, though, to appreciate his graciousness and kindness, even toward a young editor. Indeed, it’s hard to understate the magnitude of the legacy he…

2 min
shelly wierzba

ARTISTS CANNOT CONCEAL their true feelings for their subject matter. In fact, their admiration and appreciation for what they see are often what compel them to paint in the first place. That is certainly the case for Oregon-based artist Shelly Wierzba, whose wonder and reverence for creation are written all over her landscape-covered canvases. Wierzba’s creative process begins with spending time in nature, closely observing, listening, and pondering. This reflective time is recorded in pleinair sketches, the information-gathering stage in preparation for her studio work. “To capture the likeness of what I find in nature, there must be more than just visual information,” she says. “By painting on site, I am able to feed all of my senses. Back in the studio, I can remember the feel of the breeze, the…

2 min
daniela werneck

DANIELA WERNECK creates storybooklike paintings in a traditional watercolor method that involves applying hundreds of layers of translucent pigment. These carefully crafted compositions featuring young girls, sometimes with fanciful surroundings, are odes to innocence, purity, and bygone seasons of life. Although in some instances the subjects find themselves in unstable circumstances, Werneck surrounds them with symbolically reassuring signs from nature, such as birds, flowers, and butterflies. When Werneck began painting professionally, she focused on stories of foster-care children specifically, wanting to create awareness around this important cause. One of the paintings from that time, CROWN & CROWS, was painted just after a foster child left her home. “I wanted to paint her strong personality and her world—she was like a flower in the desert,” Werneck says. “The crown symbolizes her desire…

2 min
dylan cavin

SOMETIMES, the starting point for Dylan Cavin’s paintings can be found in the past. Cavin, who’s based in Oklahoma, collects faded and weathered historical documents such as court orders, bank-draft records, and tax deeds, and then he uses them as the surfaces for his compelling ink and watercolor portraits of Native Americans, cowboys, and wildlife. He also creates bold, colorful acrylic paintings that advertise his years of experience in graphic design, illustration, and comic art. No matter which materials Cavin is working with, photography—a longtime interest of the artist—is often part of his creative process. His wildlife works may originate from photos taken at the wildlife refuge or the zoo, while his portraits usually depict family, friends, or acquaintances who have posed for photos in Native American clothing. HERE IS OUR LAND,…

3 min
prix de west invitational

LAST YEAR’S 48th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale saw dramatic, yet surprisingly heartening, changes in response to the pandemic. Delayed until August, the show was nonetheless installed as always in the galleries of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and available for socially distanced live viewing, while all the artworks could also be enjoyed online. The sale weekend, which traditionally comes at the start of the event, was delayed until the end and the sale itself, along with the awards ceremony, were strictly virtual. The scheduled seminars from art experts and artists were canceled for the sake of safety. This year’s 49th annual show, by happy contrast, returns to many norms while also adding some positive changes. “Many things that we learned last year and found…

3 min
ray roberts & navajo blankets

FOR THE FIRST few decades of his fine-art career, Ray Roberts was well-known for his paintings of the California coast and the southwestern landscape. Before that he worked in illustration for 12 years, while always making time to paint portraits and figures—a particular passion of his—on the side. For the past 15 or so years now, Roberts has been creating paintings that bring together all of his professional experience and aesthetic interests: the Navajo people and their colorful, intricate weavings set against the stark tonality of southwestern terrain. Approximately a dozen of Roberts’ latest works are on view at Manitou Galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe this June. To complement the paintings, the gallery is showing up to 10 Navajo rugs and blankets, which are also for sale. An all-day…