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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.

Laurel Windle

A little over 3 years ago my life changed when I took a basic jewelry making class at a local Phoenix business known as Harold Studio and discovered a newfound passion for metalsmithing. Before that day I knew absolutely nothing about working with metal and stone and now I have become completely captivated by it! I’ve always worked with my hands so somehow it comes naturally to me. Read more>>

Richard Simonsen

My earliest memory of something photographic is assisting my dad as a 10-year-old in post-WWII-England. We would put up WWII blackout curtains in our kitchen, as we developed and printed black and white film. I grew up mostly in England, although my dad was Norwegian. Read more>>

Michael Wilson

I got into landscape photography about 9 years ago, soon after early digital cameras started to become more available. I’ve always liked technology, and thought digital cameras were so cool. Initially, I recall trying to figure out why some people’s photos looked so great when compared to the rather bland photos I was taking. Read more>>

Randy O’Brien

The first time I stepped into a pottery studio I was in awe. It was in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo in 1980 and I was a foreign exchange student finishing my last year of high school. I later apprenticed to Al Johnsen of Scott Creek Pottery in Santa Cruz, CA while attending UC Santa Cruz. Read more>>

Kayla Jackson

I started photography in 2009 as a high school elective and haven’t looked back since! I started off taking portraits of friends and family members and posting the pictures on Instagram just to have an archive of all my old photos. Read more>>

Carmen Kern

I think I was seven when my folks gave me my first camera. It was a Kodak Instamatic and I remember the first roll of film I had developed had pretty much everyone’s head cropped off. I loved coloring and drawing as a kid but photography seemed so magical somehow. Read more>>

Pavel Sokov

I am known as the portrait painter of royal families. After completing a well-known illustration of Vladimir Putin for Time Magazine in 2014’s Time Person of the Year issue, I have been the choice of the Saudi Royal family for portrait painting as well as the Queen of Jordan. Read more>>

Nicholas (Niquid) Strauss

I am self-taught with over 20 years industry experience as a Commercial Artist, Art Director and Creative Consultant. Based in Sedona, Arizona I am constantly pursuing my natural passion… Art! Expressing myself through cultural imagery and visual storytelling. Read More>>

Mark Carroll

I started out as a wood carver. I developed sculpting skills by sculpting realistically rendered bird carvings, and human characters in wood. My father made a living sculpting life-size wood figures for churches, and carving granite monuments. Read more>>

Peggy Judy

“I’m very shy, so I let my drawings do the talking for me, and that’s how I got through school and college.” If there was a group project in my grade-school classroom, “everybody looked to me to design it. I might not have liked to talk, but I definitely liked to run the show.” Read more>>

Michael Mckee

Having accomplished all I wanted to in the commercial art world, It was time for me to embark on a new journey… the journey of an artist where expressions are more personal, and directed from within. Read more>>

Maria Patti

I was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York from an extremely talented family of artists on my father’s side. They were singers, painters, actors and musicians. I was blessed with an OCD cleaning family on my mother’s side. This made for interesting dynamic situations for a child. I played outside all day with friends creating a world of fantasy and theater. Read more>>


My interest initial interest in art came from a skateboard gifted to me from my brother when I was twelve. The deck was electric green with snakes and a pair of die. the board was heavy and the wheels struggled to spin, yet I was instantly captivated by the feeling of riding it. Read more>>


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