Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts communANA THOMPSONity thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.
Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Casa Grande that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Antonio “Booda” Guzman
I fell in love with hip-hop music when I was a child. I listened to a lot of Selena y Los Dinos, and other Tejano artists. My dad is a musician, so he had a lot of influence on me too. I also grew up listening to 2pac, BTNH, Naughty By Nature, and so on… As I grew up, music saved my life by keeping me out of trouble. Read more>>
I have gained such an appreciation for all of the minor details, planning, and thought that go into making even a 30-second video. When I moved to Tucson, I found myself enamored by the desert landscape and the amazing colors of this region of the country. There is nothing else like it, and I try to pay homage to my new home and my love for this city in many aspects of my work. Read more>>
I primarily paint landscapes inspired by my recent home in the Pacific Northwest but now also draw inspiration from my new home in Tucson with drawing and painting saguaros, mountains and everything in between. Once in a while, I branch out to paint other subjects but my default is always landscape. I absolutely love being out in nature and embracing wide open views with little to no signs of human existence – just pure nature. Read more>>
I design and build furniture. I take my inspiration from everything I see: architecture, walks in the desert, the way the lines painted on the street diverge as they approach a median. The challenge is to synthesize these ideas into a design that feels cohesive and also addresses the practical needs of the client. Read more>>
I have always had an intense draw towards visual arts but never felt as though I was gifted in one form or another. I have almost always had an active sketchbook but lacked any intuition or training, so it was more like I was sketching for myself, for therapy, than to ever show anyone my work. Along with that inadequacy, I also always had the dream of being a working artist! Read more>>
My love for film and photography has since grown. I purchased my first DSLR in high school and spent most of my Senior year teaching myself (and my photography teacher) how to edit and the basics of my Canon Rebel T3i. Read more>>
Elizabeth George Fesch
When a person is able to show a bit of their true self, and the essence of who they are is exposed, whether it be through movement or just in your daily life, I believe that is what draws an audience in or grabs someone’s attention out in the world. I suppose that is one thing that I hope to continue to challenge myself to focus on in my choreography. Read more>>
I made my way to Tucson in the summer of 2018, and that is where I currently reside. Growing up, my mom always had CDs laying around, and I remember being introduced to electronic club music at a young age. I learned how to produce music around late 2012 after being introduced to dubstep in high school. Read more>>
With the support of classmates and family, and friends I stayed on my photography journey. Now I combine my knowledge of sports and people to create portraits of different kinds. Read more>>
My goals for 2019 are to do more in-client home lifestyle sessions and documentary birth sessions. Photography has the most impact for me when it captures emotion and real life, so that is what I hope to give my clients with the work that I do. Read more>>
My mentor described curves as ‘moves,’ and that, whether people know it or not, your eye can tell when there is more that one move in a curve. Some of the objects I am most proud of are ones where I feel like I have achieved single-move curves, be it the exterior shape of a bowl, or the gentle slope of a shallow plate. Read more>>