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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.

Mauricio Gil

Art creations are intrinsically linked to moments and places that an artist is experiencing throughout his life. In other words, the quest is always about exploring who you are. Read more>>

Diana Madaras

I had painted in high school and college but stopped for 15 years because I was so busy with my sports marketing career. In 1992, I saw another artist’s work while on vacation and I was inspired to paint again. Read more>>

Michelle Kay

I’ve always been in love with photography although it’s not something I thought I could pursue as a career. I went to college, got my degree and got a boring job right after. Read more>>

Logan Fetters

I have found some success but I am constantly striving to improve and grow as a filmmaker and photographer. Read more>>

Sharon Biemond

Every symbol in the alphabet has specific symbolic meanings from prosperity to, protection, creativity etc. I decided to create a personalized clay Rune keychain with two symbols for each senior, focusing on traits I saw in them, or something I hoped for their future. Read more>>

Leon Jurgens and Ariella Rosin

Like many of our family, we had a passion for photography. Given the opportunity, we’d run out the film in a disposable so fast, we’d always have a backlog of cameras to develop! Read more>>

Andrei Stoica

I have discovered my passion for photography during a trip to the American West. It was the summer of 2000 when I took my brand new Kodak 5 Megapixel digital camera on a 3 week trip through some of the most famous National Parks of the West. Read more>>

Cole Rhind

I was studying accounting in college and I started going to church in my first year. This gave me the confidence to make some bolder decisions in my life. I ended up asking for a guitar and switched my degree to a creative field. Read more>>

Don Donatt

A constant throughout my life has been Photography. I had a camera with me always. A camera came with me on all my travels – throughout the US, Japan, China, S Korea, India, SE Asia, Himalaya Mountains, Tahiti… Everywhere. I love recording life and locations. It’s more than that. I have to do it. It’s a part of me. Read more>>

Granville Carroll

As I continued my schooling I started to see how my whole world was being consumed by this art medium. I began to question the path I was on and which way I wanted to lead my life. I continued to embrace the unknown and walked directly into the path of becoming an artist. I had no idea where this road would take me, or what may transpire from the adventure, but I was ready for change. Read more>>

Felicia Ngan

I decided that I would follow my passion for makeup that I had had since I was a child playing in my mother’s makeup and putting it on her face. It was a scary leap. I had gone from a career that I was confident in, had a lot of experience in etc to a brand new career starting from the very bottom and crawling my way up. Read more>>

Luis Canez

I guess my artistic journey is all about giving back. After over 38 years as a musician, performer, promoter and businessman, I’ve taken those experiences to now help students and aspiring musicians grow their talents, mindset and business knowledge to prepare them for a career in the music industry. And to do it under their terms.
I host a podcast for musicians, (, a YouTube channel that offers insight musicians and creatives can apply in their lives and career and Mastermind workshops to strengthen their intentions and leverage their talents. Read more>>

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