See the best HCN illustrations from 2020 – High Country News – Know the West



Artists have elevated our journalism with surprising aesthetics and creativity.

To elevate our newly redesigned magazine, in 2020 we started investing even more in distinctive visuals. This has included hiring talented artists to illustrate our reporting which explores noble ideas, essays that are infiltrated into personal experiences and conversations with broad relevance. Here are some of our favorite illustrations from last year.

Sarah Gilman / High Country News

Versatile Sarah Gilman illustrated and wrote this story inspired by her personal encounter with a puma.

Lauren Crow / High Country News

Lauren Crow’s intricate portraits accompanied a conversation in each of our print magazines. Including this composition by four Colorado writers who discussed empathy, systems of oppression and the “moment” with Brian Calvert.

Marty Two Bulls Jr. / High Country News

With bold energetic graphics, Marty Two Bulls Jr. illustrated this collection on hAnti-indigeneity is proliferating in the West and around the world.

Daniel González / High Country News

At the start of shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, Daniel González sculpted a collection of stunning linocuts for Maya Kapoor’s light advice assortment of the non-human world on social distancing.

Jason holley

Jason Holley created this satirical flag for an exploration of how a flag from the Revolutionary War era morphed into an anti-government symbol.

Amy Berenbeim / High Country News

The work of the engraver Amy Berenbeim accompanied a personal essay by an employee of the natural burial cemetery. The essay shows that dying can be as small and personal as life.

Krystal Quiles / High Country News

The bright tones of Krystal Quiles highlight how author Kelli Jo Ford paints surprisingly candid portraits of four generations of Cherokee women in her book, Twisted hallelujah.

Sena Kwon / High Country News

Sena Kwon’s nostalgic work illustrates an essay by environmentalist Jenny Liou as she asks the complicated question “Am I an invasive species? “

Michelle Urra / High Country News

Michelle Urra’s work brings to life a scene for a review of Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel that explores the turbulent history of the Bitterroot Valley.

Dan Winters / High Country News

Photographer Dan Winters has flaunted his illustrative work for this work that accompanied Leah Sottile’s investigation into how extremist pastors have used the COVID-19 pandemic to push their conservative religious ideologies.

Conceptual illustrator Hanna Barczyk helped bring lofty concepts to the earth for our roundup of voting metrics in the Western United States.

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