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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.

Amanda Shipp

This began my passion and love for wedding photography. Since then, I have updated my lens, my body, and invested everything into my business. It just goes to show that if you have a drive to succeed, you will. I love what I do. I feel so lucky I get to share my art with the world and capture one of the best days of people’s lives. Read more>>

Miachelle DePiano

As a result of participating in Labelhorde in its early inception, I became fascinated with digital photography. At the end of 2009, I closed my business and began playing with photography. Shortly thereafter I was writing and shooting for local newspapers and magazines. Read more>>

Nulalee Varpilah

My overall goal is to become a cinematographer and this is why I’ve invested my time in becoming a photographer first. I as of now I am self-taught and have worked with a few great photographers around to valley. Read more>>

Regan Norton

Having a creative mind at a young age really helped me develop into the photographer I am today. I always had wild ideas and creative concepts to play with and eventually knew that this was a hobby I wanted to pursue. Read more>>

Micaela Martin

The arts have always been close to my heart. I have been a professional dancer for close to 10 years now, and supporting the arts has always been very important to me. Photography in particular ALWAYS caught my eye as one of my most favorite avenues of expression. Read more>>

Tori Jowell

I am mainly self taught when it comes to my photography and there is definitely a lot of trial and error that comes with it. I feel as if everyone has their special talents and passions and photography is mine. I have grown so much in the past year and I am only going to keep growing from here. Read more>>

Ashley De Vor

There was something magical about being able to escape from reality and become enraptured by your fantasies through art. My older sister is also a very talented artist and getting into our competitive squabbles as kids made me want to try harder at making my art better. Read more>>

Anjeanette Illustration

I have been drawing and painting my entire life, and never wanted to stop being creative. I was educated at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduated in 1999 with a BFA in Illustration, Magna Cum Laude. Read more>>

Gabrielle Schmidt

I purchased my medium format camera in late 2015 and from there I really started pursuing portrait and wedding photography. I love doing portraits and capturing memories for other people but after a while I was craving some more freedom to express myself and to photograph the things around me that speak to me. Read more>>

Kim Converse

As a second-generation Arizonan, I have deep roots in this beautiful state. Exploring the many scenic, often rugged, back roads of Arizona with my husband Kenny and our two labs Nellie and Cedar is a favorite activity of mine. I’ve always enjoyed nature. Being creative and imaginative is innate in me. Read more>>

Valerie Rudland

I’ve been interested in both photography and music for as long as I can remember. I actually went to school for audio production but ended up working at a portrait studio soon after. Read more>>

Matt Santos

I’m an old man in a young man’s industry. Way back in the late 1970 I decided that I wanted to tell stories. First through photos, when we did so with silver, paper, chemicals, and typed pages, then I continued to do o as the industry moved to the digital format. Dinosaurs like me have struggled, but we have also survived. Read more>>

Kathryn Burger Kudrick

Photography came into my life unexpectedly. I have a medical condition called Fibromyalgia and was going through a difficult time with my health. I needed to switch colleges and my mom was the one that suggested that I should have followed my artistic and creative side from the beginning. Read more>>

Leila Ataya

I was extremely into art and from a very young age I was drawing and painting at any opportunity. As I was growing up my parents would enrolled me into art classes where I would do all sorts of painting, sculpting and studied many different types of traditional and Russian folk art (I was born in Moscow, Russia). Read more>>

sara reinstein becker

Growing up in Toledo, Ohio I always enjoyed drawing and making things by hand. Since my family wasn’t particularly artistic, I was really introduced to the arts in high school. It was the class I looked forward to the most. After graduation I went on to Arizona State and received my BFA in graphic design. Read more>>

Jonah Ballard

I was able to better my technique through observation, as well as, trial and error. But the greatest of artists weren’t known for they’re technique. It was the ability to make someone feel what you felt while painting a certain piece. Read more>>

Elizabeth Lang

I started painting full time two years ago. I have always loved making art, but two years ago after a visit to the Redwood Forest, I was inspired to start creating art inspired by the natural world around me as a business. I made a bold move to leave a stable job working with people I love to follow a desire. Read more>>

Austin T. Shepard

I studied marketing my freshman year but the lack of creativity was suffocating. I decided to switch my major to Art Studies. It went really well but I couldn’t restrict myself to 2-dimensional work so I decided to move in the direction of sculpture. I got accepted into the sculpture program at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Read more>>

Ruchi Ukhade

I started drawing at a very young age. When I was in the Elementary School, I had to prepare book reports on the story books I read, as part of my course work. A book report required a written summary and a drawing. I would spend majority of my time on the drawing, as compared to writing the book summary. Read more>>

Holly Shoemaker

Art and music have always been an outlet for me, things that both of my parents always supported. Through high school and college I focused primarily on music, but realized that I didn’t have the passion for it. Read more>>

Mindy Timm

I’m a Phoenix born, self-taught, life-long creative who chose a career as an accountant – because that makes sense, right? As it turns out, I’m pretty close to having a 50/50 right brain/left brain balance, so I suppose that explains a lot. Read more>>

Eleonore Rowe

I was always passionate about telling stories with my drawings since I remember. As a kid, I drew images of stories I’ve read and filled little notebooks with drawings. I was always the kid in school who would do some commissions for lunch money and I won some painting competitions back then. Read more>>

Tony De Luz

I’ve created art ever since I can remember (back to around 4 years old). We didn’t have a lot of money growing up (in Boston, MA). I would draw on anything and everything, one of the most popular things being those card-weight papers that came with my mom’s pantyhose. Read more>>

Jess Brown

I use my artistic outlet to also cope with my chronic illness. I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease in 2016. I had tumors growing on my thyroid and I had to have radiation in 2017. It’s been extremely difficult but it’s given me a lot of time to work on my art. Read more>>

Tato Caraveo

I’m a native to Phoenix, and have been painting locally since the early 90’s through out the valley. Started through graffiti art and progressed to studio art in 2001. Read more>>

Chris Minnick

As I grew professionally, I also grew as a photographer. I pride myself on always keeping my technical skills sharp and pushing the limits of the photos I shoot. I now work full time as a photographer, finally fulfilling the dream I had when I was shooting those awful photos with my old Polaroid. Read more>>

Ryan Avery

I started booking shows and playing in bands in 2002 I have been volunteering at different galleries and venues since 2003 I started self releasing music for my different projects in 2004. A documentary was made about me in 2006 (released in 2008) it did well at film festivals for a couple years. Read more>>

Pk Tha poet

I first started my journey as an artist coming up in the local scene January 1st 2014. And since then I’ve been blessed to experience a few amazing moments like opening for Lyfe Jennings at the Celebrity Theatre, touring Texas, and releasing a documentary in Harkins Theater. Read more>>

Ruby(RUNA) Shepard

Growing up in a mixed race family it was a bit of a challenge since I was always the most white kid around i’m the youngest of six and I’m the only blonde kid it was very strange always felt like a foreigner in my country you know kids could be very cruel when you are different. Read more>>

Mike Garcia

We host events both at Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix location) and at Thunderbird Arts Center, and we’re searching for a third location now. I draw and paint almost every day–portraits for the most part, figures on occasion. Read more>>

Kody Robinson

Rapping since recess, making music has always been apart of my life. Fan-first and student of the game, I started out early because of my older brothers. From selling burned CDs in middle school, to meeting some of my favorite musicians in recent years, I know I still have a long way to go but the journey is the fun part. Read more>>

Derek McFarland

I’ve always loved to make people laugh. Even as a kid I was a class clown and would constantly get sent to detention for goofing off. When I was young we moved a lot so I was constantly changing schools and had to make new friends all the time so being funny was a quick way to do that. Read more>>


I studied everything from typography to hand lettering and have now traveled the world because of the amazing people I have met thru the art of lettering. I have been a full time sign painter since 2014 and never want to go back to working for anyone again. Read more>>

Serena Nicolle

Music has always had a special place in my heart. It wasn’t until 6th grade that I knew where it could take me. I did my first solo at a talent show and the reaction I got from family and friends and people I didn’t even know will stick with me forever. Read more>>

Sydney Cisco

Being an artist was never really a choice, it was just something I always gravitated toward. My mother is an artist and always gave us the opportunity to make crafts and explore what we could do with paint and other mediums… and I just never stopped. Read more>>


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