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Thought-Provokers: Mesa

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

Daniel Mariotti

Throughout all of this I spend every day working on artwork. Making my art is my full time job with really awful benefits and not great pay. I will never quite this job though. Read more>>

Nick Regan

I have always found that looking at the world through my viewfinder is so incredible. Since I was young I have had an interest in cameras, but I didn’t really discover my passion for it until I was about 17 years old. Read more>>

Patrick Gomez

I have always been around photography. I practically grew up in the portrait studio my mother worked in. Even my Grandparents, on both sides of my family were always talking photos with their cameras. Read more>>

Sharon Skinner

I have always had a vivid imagination. In fact, my mother once said I had the imagination of ten children. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that once I found books and began to explore the worlds and spend time with the characters inside them, I didn’t want to leave. Read more>>

Robert Ortega

I never took to photography early on and not sure why but it was probably eventual considering I like to try my hand at everything. About 6 years ago I started out with an old school Olympus camera I bought off craigslist. Read more>>

Christina Martin

About 3 years ago I was laid off from my job in a small town that no one has ever heard of. I moved here in hopes of more opportunities. I was collecting unemployment and I had extra time on my hands. So I started to draw again. Something I hadn’t done in years. Read more>>

AJ Richards

I have always been and independent thinker. I am the oldest of 5 boys and at the age of 16 I ran away from an amazing home because I didn’t want to be told what to do. Read more>>

Sherry Bailey

Photography has been an interest of mine through my teens and even into college. I picked up my old DSLR camera and started capturing my family. I became engrossed in the photography world which led to enrolling in courses. Read more>>

Craig Thornton

After experiencing the chaotic energy of New York City, I decided to move to a more serene environment. The desert seemed like such a peaceful contrast so I moved to Phoenix. The landscape just seemed so beautiful to me and still does. Read more>>


I received my BFA from the University of Arizona and my MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I was a painter and I am returning to painting a little, but I always loved 3d. I grew up in Chicago and moved to Arizona a few decades ago and I consider Arizona my home. Read more>>

Aly Kirkpatrick

Photography for me started as a high school hobby, and at some point along the way it turned into a deep passion. As the yearbook editor for my high school, I was fortunate to learn the intricacies of photography and design. Read more>>


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