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Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery has been showcasing western area artisans over 12 years - artisans dedicated to traditional western heritage. We are pleased to present their fine art paintings, furnishings & accessories, custom saddles & gear with emphasis on the "vaquero" and "buckaroo" styles. Enjoy a personal glimpse of our artisan family! Contact us at info@southwestroundup.com for more details.

An accomplished plein air painter in both pencil and oil, Susan’s love of horses and nature drew her away from the typical canvas texture, into a natural “stone” surface to paint creative, somewhat impressionistic concepts. It began after her degree at the University of Colorado in Zoology and Art. She was horseback riding in southern Spain, when she became intrigued by patterns in old stone walls and walkways. Susan’s artistic eye began to imagine various animals and scenery taking shape within these rough stone patterns. At home in northern California, she was inspired to search for unique sources of stone material – granite, marble, onyx, travertine or slate. Working with several chemists, she developed an archival process for painting on these surfaces. Incorporated in the natural texture or patterns within each stone piece, Susan sees a picture in her minds eye such as a shape of a horse, a bird, mountain, river or trees. She selects each stone for its “picture”, carries it back to her studio and begins to build the image painting with oils. Her stone art is beautifully framed, ready to hang and each one is an original, signed and documented. Susan was awarded the Breed Illustrator for Kentucky Horse Park; AAEA People’s Choice; Western States Horse Expo 1st Place, plus numerous magazine covers, fine art exhibits.

A native of Canada, Shannon resides in the province of Alberta where traditional bridle horse culture is strong. Formative years embraced this culture leading to her expertise as an acknowledged horsewoman. As an artist, she developed discipline and ability to capture infinite moments of ranching experiences in depth and detail in her brush strokes. She is skilled in the saddle and at the easel. Shannon’s art combines anatomical accuracy with historical authenticity. Her images portray the working stock horse and pay tribute to working horsemen and ranching families maintaining old traditions throughout North America. Her style is intense and dramatic. Shannon Lawlor presents western heritage defined in art. Recent awards include numerous Best of Show, People’s Choice, President’s Choice and 1st Place . Her art is featured on magazine covers, event posters, greeting cards & DVDs. She has participated in many invitational art shows including Phippen Museum, Greeley Stampede, Calgary Stampede, Cattlemen’s and Mountain Oyster Club.

Jack Swanson's portrayal of the California vaquero and the high desert buckaroo comes honestly. Jack worked along side great vaqueros in the early 1940's in the Tehachapis, broke and sold wild horses in Oregon with top Northwest buckaroos. Later he settled in Monterey, CA area ranching with his wife and family in the upper reaches of Carmel Valley, raising and training fine stock horses. Always skilled in sketching, Jack focused on importance of horse anatomy in all of his paintings. His studio surrounded by corrals and arenas, has an indoor stall to allow close-up study and painting of horses. Jack uses no photos for reference. His sensitve eye and mind catches and holds all movements of the horse and rider without aid of a camera. His landscapes are real - he's been there. He paints from personal observations and historical research. His oils and bronzes have been represented on dozens of magazine covers; editorials including Time Magazine; work is represented in Cowboy Hall of Fame, C.M. Russell Museum and Cowboy Artists of American Museum (past-president of that illustrious group). He has presided over many fine art workshops and has been honored with many awards. J.N. Swanson's work stands out with unerring realism and feeling.

Contact us for current etchings available.

An etching is an image drawn on a copper or zinc plate and printed by hand on an etching press, one at a time. The reverse image will be printed from the plate. If an etching has writing on it, it was drawn on the plate in reverse! Etchings are a "labor of love". For a complete, detailed outline of the etching process, click here for a 1-page print out.

Graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University, Don moved to Los Angeles and a career in graphic design and illustration. Well recognized and celebrated for design talent, his portfolio includes hundreds of magazines, record covers, advertisements and posters including the Rose Bowl, National Football League, 1984 LA Olympic Games to name a few, plus book illustrations and five stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. Leaving the “fast pace” lifestyle behind, Don relocated to Utah and became reacquainted with open spaces, horses and ranching – a lifestyle he experienced growing up in Washington. Don is “hooked” on training cutting horses, cattle ranching and the art of watercolors. The Utah landscapes and working cowboys inspire his award-winning paintings.  A recently published book “Watercolor Cowboys” is a tribute to Don’s fine art accomplishments and his love of the true west.

Living near the Sandia mountains of New Mexico, Doreman finds inspiration for his award-winning watercolor compositions of the American Cowgirl. His famous “cowgirls” are a fusion of light and shadow with a bit of his own imagination. His unusual use of the watercolor medium produces clean, sharp images and brings his subjects to life with vibrant color and design. The independent cowgirl spirit that reflects the cowgirl culture – the shaded eyes create an intriguing mystique that draws you in, but protects the “window to the soul.” Doreman loves “emotion and romance” in his cowgirls. His paintings are penetrating and personal with an individual “attitude” all their own.

Seemingly born with a pencil in her hand, she has a natural affinity toward drawing horses of all breeds, but especially the horses & gear of the California vaquero-style tradition, and capturing the inner strength of Native American individuals in her finely detailed pencil drawings. She studied fine art in college, but considers herself “self taught”. Maria currently resides in a charming East Coast town where open spaces, country trails and horse farms exist. She spent many years traveling in the Western states visiting historic sites, attending Native American cultural events, equine shows & competitions, meeting people and absorbing Western heritage. Her heart remains in the American West! Although having worked in various mediums, it is pencil she most enjoys – her “tool of choice” being Cretacolor Nero pencil vs graphite. The smoothness of Strathmore Bristol series paper, the Neros and her special gift of focus result in the viewer seeing an “energy” in Maria’s refined pencil art. Her drawings are exhibited at numerous juried fine art shows, and she accepts commissioned portrait requests.

Living on a ranch amidst oak-studded hills in California, Marti and husband John run their stocker cattle operation. Close by is the ranch where Marti was raised, originally homesteaded by her great-grandfather. Her roots run deep in cattle country steeped in western traditions which offer constant inspiration and subject matter for her paintings.

Primarily working in colored pencil & oils, but occasionally graphite & acrylics, she loves painting family members, friends, neighbors & animals in their normal working ranch environments. She captures reference photos of special moments – cowboys at work, a cow with a newborn calf, bridle horsemen, bucking horses or a playful ranch pup. In Marti’s words, “the American West is my home, just as it was home to my ancestors. I try through my art to convey my passion & respect for the western spirit.”

Living and working in Wyoming, Carrie’s exquisite portrait paintings of real ranching individuals are well known in the fine art world and highly respected. She began drawing as a young child, but not until years later, married, children grown, did she begin formal art classes which began her career path as an oil artist receiving countless awards. She grew up in a southern California suburb, but was intrigued with horses & cowboy culture, loved the outdoors, wilderness backpacking and after graduation hired on at a guest ranch in Wyoming. Soon she was leading pack strings on wilderness trips, and for 8 years cooked for outfitters and fishing camps. Off season she traveled outside the U.S. but was always drawn back to Wyoming’s landscapes & people. In 1980 Carrie made art her full time profession and later met & married a working cowboy, raised a family and continues to paint in her Wyoming studio. Her fine art originals are offered exclusively at selected western states galleries, museums and juried fine art shows.