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Thought-Provokers: Surprise

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

Chelsey Erwin

Painting various signs/ decor is my most highlighted feature, but I also work paint on canvas, ink and pencil drawings. So I guess you could say art is just natural for me, but what doesn’t pay the bills, is often forced to the back burner. Read more>>

Katie Fitzgerald

The arts have always been part of my life, including writing a bad novel at the age of 13. I abandoned that novel and wrote a fantasy novel while in high school. I also love animals, and had planned on becoming a veterinarian. Read more>>

Lore Obrejea

Hi! I’m the person behind Lore.illustration. I studied Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain, and it’s during this time when I started to admire illustration and realized that I would love to do that for a living. But I also knew that it wouldn’t be easy to succeed, it needs lots of work and power of will. Read more>>

Eric Avila

I am a Digital Illustrator here in Arizona, and I currently study Web Development and Graphic Design at Estrella Mountain Community College. I have been self-taught my whole life and dream to become a freelancer in the entertainment industry. A big inspiration of my works include animation studios such as Pixar, Sony Animation, and Studio Ghibli. Read more>>

Craig W. Cutler

My Art is a synthesis of Science & Emotion or of Technology and Heart. I retired from the Film business about eight years ago, managing a firm voted ‘The Best in the World’ at what we did – and then dedicated myself to Art and to diving deeply into the newest technologies that would allow me to express myself. Read more>>

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