From the Rocky Mountains to the rocky Pacific Coast


Late Afternoon by Laurie Kersey (oil, 24×36)

Southwest Art‘s landscape-themed February issue is hitting newsstands and mailboxes about now. And the next best thing to being out west, whether it’s the Grand Canyon or the Grand Tetons, is picking up a copy of the magazine.

For starters, there’s a feature story on Sallie K. Smith, a Colorado oil painter who discusses how she has walked thousands of miles through the state’s vast network of hiking trails. This intimate knowledge goes a long way in helping her capture the color, mood, and light unique to the Rocky Mountains, she says. Also featured are Pacific Coast seascapes by Californian Laurie Kersey as well as Texas Hill Country scenes by John Austin Hanna.

Meanwhile, we also present contemporary figurative works by Malcolm Liepke, who charts the emotional expressiveness of the human landscape, and an array of expressionistic still lifes by New Mexico painter Laura Robb. Finally, in My World we visit the rural Montana studio of husband and wife duo Clyde Aspevig and Carol Guzman, who weigh in on topics ranging from studio music to what they do in their spare time when they aren’t behind their easels.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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