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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.

Angel Castro

As part of my senior capstone project I created an outline for HALO Movement Collective. At this time HALO was simply a project. Little did I know that in the years to come it would become one of Arizona’s leading professional contemporary dance companies. Read more>>

Ariana Enriquez

Nothing motivates me to get painting more than unpacking contemporary works from emerging, international artists. I love that I am surrounded by art all day long, I truly never get tired of it. Today I still struggle to call myself an artist, however this is becoming easier to overcome. Read more>>

Traci Edwards

My passion is adventure elopements and in home sessions. I love photographing elopements! There is something so amazing that happens when you get to be outside in the wilderness, in places that take your breath away, for that special moment of intimacy. Read more>>

Adrianna Rogers

I started taking photos when I was in my junior year of high school. I was really inspired by my grandpa, who also did nature photography. From there I just went for it by taking two years of classes, and branching out in different sections of photography. Read more>>

Bethany Sheesley

When I was 6 years old, my sister taught me to draw. I loved it and continued to try every form of art I could while growing up in the small town of New Sharon, IA. In grade school, my class took a tour of a local community college where I was introduced to Graphic Design. Read more>>

Spencer Routson

After graduating high school, I served an LDS mission in Colombia for two years after which I bought my first camera and started doing photo shoots with my friends and anyone who would hire me. Read more>>

Trina Maraczi

Being genuine has always been really important to me. For my reader and followers, I want to be someone authentic that they can actually look to for fashion advice and I’m always transparent about my life. Read more>>

Elijah Bia

I was 7 when I saw “The Dark Knight” in the theater. The movie gave me motivation for wanting to make movies one day, but it also reminded me of how my family, on my dad’s side, really enjoyed taking pictures. Read more>>

Angela Campos and Lui Campos

We are a family business born out of my, Angie’s, love for pallets. I fell in love with the idea of reusing pallets to create unique and custom home decor. I finally talked my husband, Lui, into collaborating with me after filling up over half of our backyard with pallets. Read more>>

Samantha Cassity

I have been drawing since I was very young. I used to sit and simply sketch the room I was sitting in, or members of my family. Additionally, I had fun recreating covers of children’s books that I enjoyed reading. I believe that my interest in art and constant practice as a child kick-started my hobby into a lifestyle. Read more>>

Jill Sans

I always remember creating art in some form all my life. Growing up in the Midwest nature was where I spent most of my time, playing in the trees and fields. Throughout High School the art room was usually where I would escape to. Read more>> 

Nik Pennington

When I was born, both my parents worked at American Airlines, and I was fortunate to travel extensively and appreciate natural beauty and see magnificent cities at a young age. I have those memories stored away and I try to capture that feeling in my prints. Read more>>

Christy Robinson

I’ve published two biographical novels and three nonfiction histories. Nonfiction remains my first love and is very comfortable because it’s topical, while fiction is still based on historical fact, but invents scenes, motivation, and dialog. Whew, that’s still like pulling my own teeth without painkiller! Read more>>

Melissa Swader

My entire career started in the process of obtaining my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at Arizona State University in Tempe. (Go Devils!). It turns out using my classes as a way of launching my career came in handy. Read more>>

Ryan Parra

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Eugene, Oregon to do my undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon. It was there, in the frigid rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, that my career as an artist sprouted. Read more>>


I moved to Phoenix from San Francisco on the flip of coin in 2001. I needed a fresh start. I’d been working in Medical Billing for eight years and woke up one day and realized my soul was missing along with most of my sanity. I sold off most of my possessions and came out here with the clothes on my back. Read more>>

Haylee Finn

I remember my parents marveling over a photo I took of my sister running through St. Marks Square in Venice. I decided to try and pick up a camera after that. I got my first DLSR (a Panasonic Lumix G10) for my 16th birthday. I did photoshoots in my living room and at parks with friends. Read more>>

Marjorie Middendorp

I began my apprenticeship in the mid 1980’s under Jim Watson . Not a lot of women in the business then , not near as many tattooers in general compared to today. Had a bunch of fun and shenanigans over the years working with some amazing artists! Read more>>

Ronnie Cozzolino

My love for creating music introduced me to Phoenix’s hip-hop scene when I was 19 while reinventing myself as an artist, now recording vocals and releasing singles under the name WIG$. Finding myself in a circle with some of Arizona’s most talented artist I saw an opportunity to market them by taking pictures and aspired to eventually start making visuals. Read more>>

Ashton Hullinger

I began painting with a simple pallet of bright colors and relying on extreme contrast in shades to separate different subjects with my paintings. I primarily painted flowers as Georgia O’Keeffe is my favorite artist. Read more>>

Idakatherine Graver

My parents were both working artists. We have a famous family story of me falling in a museum parking lot when I was two, cutting my knee quite badly. I hollered out in excitement, “Look Daddy! Red paint!” Read more>>

Ricky Araiza

I always loved being creative and moving and dancing but I didn’t get into arts and theatre until I was in high school. I really wanted to be a special fx makeup artist but I soon realized how much I disliked working with makeup. Read more>>

Allison Dendulk

I took a metalsmithing class at Northern Arizona University in 2010, looking for something fun to add to my schedule, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve always loved creating things with my hands, but working with metals was so much more satisfying for me than my other crafts and hobbies. Read more>>

Chris Williams

I’ve always had creative impulses, but I’ve also always had a tendency to think about doing a project rather than actually seeing an idea through to completion. Thankfully my father taught me to work with my hands, and I developed a knack for precise work and an eye for design. Read more>>

Teezy MCfly

My story starts off with watching my older brother Riko kardia outside writing rhymes bumping instrumental out the boom box and just vibing out. I just got my first cd “the train of through” by talib kweli and my mind was blown. Read more>>

Mitch “Klober” Bistoe

I’ve been doing art in one form or another my whole life. My mom always thought it was important when I was a child. I found graffiti when I was twelve and completely buried myself in that world for a long time. Read more>>

Meggin Tengberg

Photography has been my passion since I was a teenager. I always had a camera in my hand. As an advertising major in college at NAU I decided to minor in photography and learned all of the fundamentals including how to develop and print my own film. Read more>>

Brianna Noble

Art has very seldom represented black people, and has been very seldom been represented by black people. This is the same for women and other people of color. Throughout my years of school I was shown the same few artist that I could reference. Read more>>

David Marquez

Speaking of Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, the early impetus came in the form of protest against the passing of AZ SB 1070, which allowed for police profiling of individuals of color to determine illegal immigration status. Read more>>


I writer songs from a range of topics and genres. As a creator I love to create content for blogs/podcast/anything behind the scenes for everything in front of the scene! Read more>>

K Dineen

A career in music has always been my dream, ever since i could remember. Music has always been a big part of my life. From the beginning, my parents mostly influenced my taste in music, until i became a bit older and I found my own influences as well. Read more>>

Domenic Viviano

I have been very blessed and had so many opportunities working for amazing shops and with incredible artists. I’m not proud of this but pretty much every tattoo shop I’ve ever worked for I’ve been fired from. I guess I have my own way of doing things and find I work best on my own with just myself and the client. Read more>>

Cheryl Sosnowski

I never thought of myself as “creative”, because like many people, I mistook that word to mean someone who could draw really well. But I have always been a creative thinker. I grew up in an abusive childhood, from which I escaped into my imagination. Read more>>

Shawnee Snaketail

I always had a fascination with creating. I started playing drums when I was ten years old, and quickly realized that while drums were fun, I wanted to write music. Remembering back, I think that was originally made clear to me in my first band. Read more>>

Jennifer Hollack Raboin

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Univ of Arizona in Architecture. I had taken some watercolor and photography classes throughout college and always enjoyed the hands on activities of my college major such as model building and presentation drawings. Read more>>

Zachary Zuran

The Brokerage is built around the concept of tapping into the local/global art scene, represent, collaborate, and sponsor only the best artist, (of any type), who are talented, committed, and loyal. The Brokerage is a team, a family, and everyone who is supportive of it keeps grinding every single day until one day. Read more>>

Allison Eykholt

Music captivates, communicates and connects us. Music has the ability to bridge differences and to speak to our souls in a truly unique way. I remember first being drawn to music as a young child. Coming from a musical family, gatherings often consisted of sharing songs together. Read more>>


I LOVE being able to work with all the color, textures and materials that paper mills and print houses have to offer. I’ve printed on wood, hand painted on some suites and added gold leaf to others. The endless possibilities keep me going and creating new and unusual designs. Read more>>

Emily Costello

I’m a self-taught painter, printer, and mixed media artist. My art is inspired by my Mexican heritage, it’s cultural icons, imagery, and by events that have shaped my life. I left my corporate job as a Human Resources Director 10 years ago and since then I’ve created art full-time. Read more>>

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra (PAO) Camille Sledge (vocalist)

Afrobeat music has a story of its own. We are the storytellers. When power and struggle clash, afrobeat music has been the voice of the people who fall victim to these struggles. As the only band in the Phoenix area that specializes in this genre. Read more>>

Phave Salazar

Moved to Phoenix in 92 from California during the Rodney King riots when I was 15 with my mother and younger brother. Grew up here in Phoenix. If it wasn’t for my brother letting me use an airbrush one day, I don’t think I would have become an artist. Read more>>

Amanda Capello

I always looked up to my mother who was a photographer. I went to school to pursue a career in education but ultimately after I had experienced pregnancy and had children of my own, followed my passion for photography and knew I had to capture this journey for others. Read more>>

Jose Acevedo

After honing my skills for about six to eight episodes we took the challenge from friends who own businesses to complete strangers that might be interested in wanting to come on the show. The influx of requests started to take on a life of its own and we haven’t looked back since. Read more>>


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