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Thought-Provokers: Chandler

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 community 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 Chandler that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Andrea O’Bert

I began my career as a photographer when I was in high school and I began to take photos of all my friends every time we would hang out. As I learned more and more, I realized capturing people and their relationships was a huge passion of mine and I began to develop my wedding and portrait photography business. Read more>>

Justin Haugen

My story starts with two wonderful parents whose different worlds collided to give me a most fortunate upbringing around this planet in my formative years. I have my mom’s artistic side paired with my dad’s DIY spirit, especially in how I use technology. Read more>>

Jenn WAGNER

I have always been a shutterbug from an early age of 7 when my mom would buy me disposable cameras and take me to the drugstore to have the photos I took developed. Picking up my art, even at a young age was always the best day! Read more>>

Emily Wilson

I’ve always been fairly introverted. Artistically I have only ever been interested in creating portraits. This started with drawings and paintings and shortly after became an obsession with portrait photography. Read more>>

David Miller

David was born in 1977 in Omaha, NE. He graduated with his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University in 2006, creating portrait series that reflected both the hyperkinetic films, games and comics of the 1980s and 1990’s. Read more>>

Jared Aubel

I was born in Illinois and moved out to Az. with my family when I was in grade school. I was always very artistic and would win lots of coloring contests, drawing contests and pumpkin carving contests as a child. I took art courses in high school but didn’t get serious about it until College. Read more>>

Jen Schrantz

Painting is like a physical meditation. When my hands are busy, my mind slows down. To me, painting is my way of expressing to others what I can’t put into words. Like how something feels, tastes, and smells. Read more>>

Mathew McGraw

My story starts at Horizon High School in Scottsdale. I was the Editor-in-Chief of my schools’ yearbook and as I threw myself into learning how to make the best yearbook I could (because I am a perfectionist) I wanted to start working on my photography skills. Read more>>

Whitney Sweet

Photography is not just a hobby but a passion. I started photography in college with black and white film only, but I always had a love for taking pictures even when my only tool was a disposable camera and you had to wait 7 days to get your photos back. Read more>>

Carson Smith

Looking at that imagery made me look at art as something that didn’t have to be taken seriously all the time. I then started doing illustrations of wacky characters and themes because it was the most natural and fun way of drawing to me. Read more>>

 

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