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Thought-Provokers: Scottsdale

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

Harold A. Nelson

I try to express the subtle human condition… everyday living, everyday scenes without showing actual people doing stuff, just their presence. I don’t want them to dominate the scene. Only occasionally, if telling a specific story, such as “One Spring Day in Acuna” and “Elders of the Dance.” Read more>>

Jeanne Bonine

To step it up and to step out of my comfort zone at 75, I recently painted a commissioned abstract that measured 11′ by 3 1/2′. I believe that the next work of art could and should be my best, and I am constantly inspired by the Arizona light that has played on my subjects and been my muse. Read more>>

Eric Collins

When I was 18 and entering my final semester of high school, I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor and spent a significant amount of time in the hospital. This basically stopped any of small amount of photography I was working on. Luckily I recovered well and was able to continue onto college. Read more>>

Barb Wills

I find that the materials will tell me what to do and how to do it. The wood I use comes from Japan, and the printing ink I use is my own formula for an ink/dye that works with fabric. Learning to mix the inks and then how to print with them utilized my engineering background in months of experimenting until I found that combination that works for me. Read more>>

Adam Hawkins

I think for the most part my inspiration comes from my interests, whether it be Ohio State football, the TV show I’m currently binging, my new puppy, anything that means a lot to me. I also get a lot of inspiration from other creatives. Jon Contino, Elias Stein, Wild Giant, Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, my girlfriend and fellow designer, Kelley Dillon, there’s just too many to name. Read more>>

Cathy Kanitz

Music stirs our souls, calms us, helps us express emotions, and more! Each student is an individual who learns at his/her own level, feels and expresses music differently from others, brings their own personality and experiences to their music, and grows at his/her own pace. Read more>>

Barbara Bayless Lacy

I look for an interesting trading post, an unexpected rock formation or an ancient ruin to paint in my style, which is colorful and untraditional. That is, I love clean, rich colors and you will see them in my red trees, orange skies, yellow hills, and blue mountains. The colors come together in artworks that my collectors’ say ‘make them happy.’ Read more>>

Ana Gaxiola

I took a lot of pictures to make sure I captured every moment so that I could show them when they got older all the things they may no longer remember. Friends started asking me to take pictures at their important events, and that’s when I realized that taking pictures really brings me joy and I decided to start doing it professionally. Read more>>

Dylan Delgreco

I’ve been playing drums on the paint buckets on the street for about two years now and have traveled around for the experience and just to see the world. I just hope to make a living doing what I love and to not regret taking any chances when I get older. I’ve always loved music and found a deeper love of life. Read more>>


I do music. I write because it comes naturally. I love patterns, sounds and syllables. I love expression. I do it for myself and the people around me that I want to be able to lift into their own. If anything I hope people know its okay to be themselves. I want people not to forget they need to love themselves in a way that pushes them to be better, even when they don’t want to be. Read more>>

Tyler Scheviak

No matter what I do, I’m questioning whether or not I am trying to fit a mold or trying to be seen as different. Whether this is through portraits or landscape photos, I want to share work that reflects a lesser-seen side of someone or of the earth. Read more>>

Kaila Baril

I bought my first camera five years ago, a Nikon D3300, it certainly was not the best but it was the perfect camera to learn on before investing thousands of dollars. I learned the basics, developed my eye, and explored all the avenues photography has to offer. About a year ago, I was approached by a sponsor who offered to help upgrade my equipment, it was a complete surprise and an incredible blessing. Read more>>

Sheldon Angelov, Kevin Vishteh, and Stephen Bodie

It began with a passion for photography. We have been shooting photos for several years now. Learning the basics of photography has given us an appreciation for the work that photographers put into their craft. Through many failed Instagram ventures, we refined our ability to use social media to build an influential community. Read more>>

Crystal Despain

As I have gotten older and gained wonderful mentors, I have also gained vision and confidence that I am grateful for moving into this stage of my art life. Traveling for art has become a big part of the experience. I have shows, workshops, and mentors in different states and I enjoy the variety. The Scottsdale Artist’s School is one of my favorite destinations. Read more>>

Gloria Gaddis

It’s true that I have been an artist all my life. Back in grade school, I would win all the poster contests; I spent hours making chalk drawings on the sidewalks in front of my home; and I would spend hours with my coloring books and crayons. In high school, my work was juried into the Best 100 citywide competition. Read more>>

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