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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.

Willow Buckley

I have always been passions about photography, but I did it just for fun. My journey into the professional world of photography in the past six months had been so incredible. Capturing those moments with my clients and seeing the raw emotion when I look through my albums is why I do it. Read more>>

Nic Amidon

I create songs that are usually inspired by things I am either going through or have already gone through. For the longest time, I only made one song a week. The vulnerability in my music has had the effect of bringing down the walls and allowing people to open up. The whole purpose is to free the mind and lead the blind. Read more>>

Tiffany Eckroth

I’ve always had an artsy soul and over the years have noticed myself loving and admiring a beautiful crisp photograph. A year ago this September, I decided to invest in a nice camera to take pictures of my girls. I opted for a professionally intermediate camera, just in case. Read more>>

Camille Barojas

My hope is that is that all my clients love their photos for years to come! My favorite part about it is the editing process. I love taking a regular photo and turning it into diverging beautiful for my clients to cherish. I know every artist or photographer has their style and I’m not quite sure what mine is yet. Read more>>

Thomas Yoxall

During my interactions, there is a pivotal moment when the transfer of trust occurs. This is the moment when the magic happens. When the curtain is pulled back, and the soul is revealed. These are times I find myself at peace. Read more>>

Charles Ralston

I hope my art can accomplish two things: the first is to show the beauty that exists all around us and how every living creature is unique and different. The second thing is I want to make sure that cost isn’t a hindrance to collecting beautiful artwork. Read more>>

Tracy Taylor

I am an accidental Chocolatier. I never grew up with the vision of ever being a Chocolatier much less having a career in the food industry. I came from a technical background where I spent 20 plus years working my way up the corporate ladder within the Telcom industry, ending that career as a Circuit Design Engineer. It was during my employ with the State of Nevada that I decided I wanted to tap into my creative side; but alas it still wasn’t working with chocolate! Read more>>

Kendra Cuzick

Writing is my art, and I’ve dreamed of making art since I was six years old. All my life I have wanted to become a published author. My dream came true on September 8, 2018. That is the day my first book, Hey Cupcake, was published. Read more>>

Janelle Yoder

I opened my online shop! And just over four years later, this little shop that began as a hobby/creative outlet has turned into a passion and full-time business. The fact that this is now my “job” feels like some kind of magical dream & I am so grateful to be able to create something that I love every day. Read more>>

David Haver

I wanted to take photography in high school, but my parents didn’t have the money to buy me a decent camera or pay for the black room supplies. When I was 20, I got a job as a surveyor for a petroleum exploration company. I’d travel around the country capturing my adventures with disposable and point and shoot cameras. Read more>>

Moriah “Mo” Maduro

I started learning chords and simple songs my guitar then at some point during that process I decided to sing the songs I would play. I remember thinking to myself “im kind of good at singing.” I remember one year making all my friends close their eyes while I sing to them to the next year singing the national anthem in front of the whole school. Read more>>


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