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Thought-Provokers: Phoenix

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

Tasili Epperson

I began painting in my 120-year-old apartment in Downtown Phoenix, where I had several shows before moving to the Verde Valley and pursuing a career as an art teacher. Now, I am combining my two passions and practicing my art while teaching as well. I think of myself as a figure and portrait painter primarily, but I love working with charcoal and colored pencil as well. Read more>>

Hal C. F. Astell

Discovery is the focus of the films I present too, whether it’s curated sets of shorts at conventions or what I select from submissions for ALIFFF. There are so many great films being made, and most of them aren’t being widely seen because everyone’s focus is on the latest blockbusters, most of which have little real value. Read more>>

Erin Mooney

I love the fact that what I create withers and dies, there is something truly beautiful in it being temporary and getting to witness the cycle. I enjoy being able to express the unique way I see things while being connected and grounded by nature at the same time. Read more>>

Dylan Dominguez

Music quickly became something where I could feel safe, at the piano, singing. I could express my deepest feelings and ideas without regret. It became my safe place away from my father’s drug and gang affiliations and gave me confidence in finding a community where I feel I could belong. Read more>>

George “Kip” Sudduth

I started in art at an early age (in Louisiana, where I was raised) doing a mural on the ‘ascent of man.’ I did in the sixth grade. I remember those early teachers: 6th grade Mrs. LaGrange; In Junior High School: Mrs. Dowling and a science teacher (for a photography club) Mr. Bergeron. Read more>>

Ruby Rideout

As I stared at the large portraits of this angelic, beautiful person, it hit me. I cried endlessly. She never enjoyed seeing her beautiful self-portrait from this session hung on the wall in her home because they were digitals sitting on her computer. Digitals. Things shifted in my business. Digitals stay on hard drives. Hard drives crash. Out of sight, out of mind. Read more>>

Shannon Gurley O’Donnell

I paint a lot of nature. I usually paint from photos, although I never consider myself one who paints in a realistic style. Mine is more “-ish.” I use the photo as a reference and then go wherever it takes me. When I’m painting, time goes away. I’ll look up and realize I’ve been painting for hours. It fills my soul. When others connect with my work, the circle feels even more complete. Read more>>

Ken Smith

I continued to produce articles for several different magazines through 2005. I continued shooting landscapes and real-life trains while still working for corporate America until 2012 when I eventually became a layoff statistic. At that juncture, I came to the crossroads of doing what I loved to do or sit in another cubical. Read more>>

Faith Helms

My oldest son had joined the army and was being deployed to Afghanistan for a year. I needed a hobby to keep myself busy, and my mind clear. I tried painting on glass but lost interest quickly. That did, however, pique my interest in stained glass. I did some research, and I was eager to get started. Read more>>

Ted Jouflas

Being an illustrator is quite different from being a fine artist because it is a collaborative process with a client. Sometimes this can be difficult, and sometimes it can be charming depending on the personalities involved. Doing illustration work is more like being a musician in a band or orchestra. Read more>>

Trevor O’Tool

The sculpture is a humorous take on the famous sculpture, “The Thinker,” by Auguste Rodin. It depicts an old soul contemplating life on a park bench with a friend by his side, or more specifically, a thoughtful elephant sitting on the bench with a bird companion resting on his tusk. Read more>>

Jeff Perkins

I love to make large, round thrown forms that have very narrow bottoms that make the pots seem to float. It takes hours to make a pot. The form is stretched paper thin. My sculptures are whimsical and come from my imagination but are influenced by Katchina’s I do not want to make native American Art. Read more>>

Dana Corum

I was able to get my own studio in Glendale AZ, I now have a solid following of people loving my work due to the fact I specialize in creating natural brows as if you didn’t even get them done and that’s what a lot of people want! I am a law enforcement wife, and because of that, I offer huge discounts to all first responders, military, and fire wives. Read more>>

Harper and the Moths

Honestly, we’re just looking for a connection. We try to create intelligent, sexy music in hopes that either the rhythm, melodies, vocal performance, or lyrics will create a connection between us and the audience. Our goal as creators is to make something new out of our familiar influences that the audience can instantly understand and relate to on a personal level, either through an emotional or physical reaction. Read more>>

Cory Malkin

I want to share their story and have the audience to fall in love with it as much as I have. With my wedding films, I hope every viewer experiences or relates to all of the joyous moments, incredible surprises, and subtle emotions that the couple personally experienced on their wedding day. Read more>>


I make art or music to compartmentalize how I’m feeling in the hopes that someone somewhere can either resonate with the mood or take that mood and apply it to their own life. Art, in general, is so personal, and by sharing it, I just hope to make people feel not so alone in what’s going on in their head or life. Read more>>

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