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#AZCreatives: the local artists who inspire us

Through a mix of mediums, formats and perspectives local artists illuminate the unknown, color the previously black-and-white and add depth to our understanding of our surroundings, our lives, circumstances and more. Through our research process for the <i>Thought provokers</i> series we’ve come across so many works of art that have inspired us and we’d like to share some of those great examples of visual and performing arts, photography and other creative works with you below.

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Fire and Ice Transparent Watercolor 36×51” This painting is on its way to the Watercolor Now exhibit at the Margaret Harwell Museum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri #watercolor, #largescalewatercolor, #aquarelle, #lanaquarelle , #lanaquarellewatercolorpaper, #lanaquarellewatercolourpaper, #watercolorpainting, #watercolour, #davincibrushes #davinciwatercolorbrushes, #escodabrushes. #isabeybrushes, #watercolourpainting, #danielsmithwatercolors, #shinystuff, #glass, #coloredglass, #reflection, #stilllife, #refraction, #stilllifepainting, #watercolorstilllife, #ilovewatercolor, #watercolorisfun, #lovetopaint, #artislife, #artislife🎨, #arizonaartist, #phoenixartist, #cynthiapetersonfineart

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"Beauty in Darkness" Yesterday I stumbled upon a few pics from righ before my world came crushing down on me three years ago. In my case, looking back, this is what I learned about tribulation; strength, wisdom, compassion, spirituality, hope, independence and so much more can be found in the darkest times. Darkness grows us. It is necessary to push us out of our comfort zone. After all, on the other side of that safety bubble, is where all beauty, confidence, happiness, faith, fearlessness, strength, wisdom and so much more reside. Do like @officialbillmurray says in many of his movies, "It doesn't matter." and hopefully the hard sh*t in life will pass by "easier" with that attitude. ▪ ▪ ▪ #beautyindarkness #fearlessness #strength #wisdom #spirituality #hope #mushroom #minimalart #minimalartist #inkdrawings #arts_visualization #creative_art_now #drawing #scottsdale #phoenix #phoenixartist #arizonaartist #arizona #chicago #lenoxma #artcollectors #buyart #contemporaryartcurator #contemporaryartcollectors #fineart #artistherapy #artfido #artstudio #artsanity

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daydreaming and cloudy skies. | with @lainey.rose.e

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Sunday snuggles are the best snuggles❤️

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I love these natural moments. You can’t fake pure happiness.

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Hi 👋🏻 everyone!! This is me! And my face! And my works!! My name is Kristina, I go by Tina usually. Here are a few things about me, some known and some unknown, and my world. I am married to the most amazing man and we have 3 incredible kids and 1 angel baby watching over us all. I love horror movies and I have a secret affection for the macabre. I have enough tattoos that when I’m asked to list them I will often leave one or two out. I’m a stay at home mom with way too much anxiety and a dash of depression. I’ve always wanted to write a book but can never settle on a theme. I’m always down for a good burger 🍔 (actually I just like food and eating in general). I love living in AZ and pretty much all of my time is spent with my kids because my husband works like 70 hours a week. So I hold down the house! On rainy days I like to make hot chocolate and popcorn with Reese’s pieces thrown in 😍 and watch scary movies all day. Throw all that in the crazy pot and mix!! And there I am 💜 . . . . . . . #thisisme #thisismyface #thisismyart #life #lifeisbeautiful #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety #depression #hello

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Saturday night lights.

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Last night I received a video of the recipients reaction to this gift. It hit me with all the feels and I couldn’t hold back the tears. I am so touched each and every time someone is moved by a piece of art that I created in my little corner of my house. Every late night and every second I invest in to each piece is worth it.💙 . . . #watercolor #custompainting #watercolorpainting #customwatercolor #watercolorgift #watercolorfamilyportrait #giftideas #weddinggiftidea #giftidea #painting #phoenixartist #dayofthethreadup #familyportait #petportrait #homeportrait #customgift #babyshowergift #uniquegift #bridalshowergift #housewarminggift #customhousewarminggift #illustration #illustrator #watercolorillustration #commissionedartist #commissionedartwork

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  1. Emily

    June 13, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature! There are so many incredible artist on here, I’m truly honored.

  2. Jessica

    June 28, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Holy crap @danebread has such a dope page! Thanks for sharing all these amazing pages there are such wonderful artists!

  3. Brandie Wolfe

    July 26, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Thank you so much for the feature ! I am blown away with the talent on here ! I feel truly honored!!

  4. Stacey

    July 26, 2018 at 9:14 am

    This is so lovely. Phoenix surely has a lot of artist waiting to be discovered. I enjoy looking at those photos as I see bits of what is Phoenix looks and feels like. I am totally amazed and mesmerize by the glass butterfly. It such a lovely piece of art. Thank you for sharing this with us. And more power, I’m looking forward to more of this wonderful artist.

  5. Roberto Cordero

    August 8, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature! It truly means everything.
    So many talented artist’s on here, continue your craft and inspiring the community. It’s incredible.

  6. Jade

    August 25, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Thank you so much for the feature, so honored! Xoxo…


    September 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature. I’m truly honored. 🙂

  8. NemecPhotos (Ryan & Amanda)

    September 5, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Thank you for including us!! What a great group of local artists. Loved clicking through everyone’s IG.

  9. Iyanna

    September 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature this is definitely a blessing! Also congrats to all the other talented artist!!

    • Nicole Bojorquez

      September 14, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      I see you! Congratulations mama! Your artwork is amazing!

  10. Melissa

    December 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Wow thank you so much for the feature! Documenting birth is the most incredible human experience and I am so lucky to be able to create art within those moments.

  11. Kim

    December 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you so kindly for the feature…humbled to be included with so many creative minds!

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