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Thought-Provokers: Maricopa

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

Blake Shaffer

Art was introduced to me at an early age and has always been a part of who I am. As I’ve grown, I’ve learned that art is in everything and should be appreciated as such. I served six years active duty in the Air Force from 2008-14. While serving, I experienced different cultures and forms of art from several different countries. Read more>>

Eric Schock

I started drawing at the age of 3 all over my parent’s living room walls. We all start somewhere, right? I was heavily influenced by 1980’s movies, cartoons, and comics. They fueled my imagination and my budding interest in art. We moved around a lot due to my father being in the airforce. Read more>>

David Gacey

If I’m being honest, my story has two driving forces. If my artwork were the boat I had to travel in. Death would be the waters that push the boat I’ve experienced a lot of loss in my life, and my artwork was what helped me through a lot of tough times. Read more>>

Jonathan Fitzgibbons

Yet I’ve also had a passion for video games during my childhood, and when I was 13 I realized I wanted to pursue game design as a career. I went to an art college and got my Bachelor’s degree in game art and design. I’ve been grateful of the artistic opportunities I have found myself in this past year. Read more>>

Rebekah Nordstrom

I registered my LLC, set up my online presence, I developed my business practice, and had my first one woman show at the 12.12 Studio in downtown Flagstaff. In 2017, I decided to complete a small oil painting from life every day of the year. Read more>>

Colt Macias

I stared working in ballpoint pen and acrylics as a form of media in high school,and moved on to oil and other things later such as bronze casting.I recently started tattooing a few years ago. I have worked a number of jobs to make ends meet such as bar backing, drywall and much more. Read more>>

Jack VanDerPol

My life has revolved around music since I was a kid. My Dad was musical and all of his side of my family was musica tool. My Dad noticed my interest in the Guitar early on and when I was 6 years old he bought me a little beginner guitar. Read more>>

Bob Ledbetter

There are a handful of moments in one’s life where your passion is severely impacted based on those moments. Some results were positive, but some were negative. Music has always been a passion of mine in some respect since I was in grade school. Read more>>

Eamon Barrows

The more I’ve learned about myself the more I’ve grown to appreciate solitude, which is what brings me to the desert. Shooting Arizona and its natural beauty is a huge passion of mine. Read more>>

Shannon Burke

I originally went to school to become a labor and delivery nurse, when I had my daughter I realized that isn’t what I wanted to do. I dabbled in the idea of becoming an ultrasound tech, but the market out here is too competitive. Read more>>

Vanessa Ortiz

My first studio tour in 2014 I sold about 20 art pieces and every since then I have been selling my art work at multiple art shows. It’s truly is wonderful feeling to get amazing feed back from my customers about my artwork. Read more>>

Arti Jain

With my work, I am also helping make a difference in our society by not only sharing my culture and creating awareness but also donating to victims of domestic violence. Read more>>

Lisa Soke

I got back into painting as a way to reclaim myself, and once I started I knew I couldn’t stop. I recently discovered that I have a rare condition called aphantasia, which is when a person has no mind’s eye. Read more>>

Amii & Andy Kauth

We have a pretty diverse background, considering we are full-time portrait and wedding photographers. Together, we have multiple master’s degrees and over 15 years experience in public education. We moved to Arizona from Milwaukee about six years and launched a full-time photography business. Read more>>

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