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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

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

Eliza Moreno

Touch of Artistry was born in late 2016. Since then I have met many people and have been published three times! I am currently still working on expanding my brand all while teaching women to feel empowered and beautiful in their own skin. Read more>>

Unveiled Bliss Weddings & Events , Brittany Zahora and Taylor Cozart

We are two women from different parts of the country whose lives fortunately crossed paths! Coming from very different backgrounds we each graduated college and immediately hopped into the corporate world. Finding ourselves chasing a missing piece our corporate careers could not fulfill. Read more>>

Clay Moss

I started picking up photography when I was around 12-13 years old. My parents got me my first DSLR camera for Christmas and I would go around shooting photos of flowers and whatnot in my front yard. It really wasn’t until later on in high school when I took my first self portrait and completely fell in love with portraiture. Read more>>

Deadly Doodles

Deadly Doodles is a brand based out of Texas that specializes in art, apparel, and connecting with the culture I love in any other creative fashions or endeavors. The brand itself is something that was founded back in 2015, but is here for the long run and shows absolutely no signs of stopping. Read more>>

Curtis Griffin

I have always drawn, painted and created for long as I can remember – it has always been an integral part of my life. It was only natural that I pursue art and I eventually received my BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Read more>>

Stephen Watkins and Verity Watkins

Watkins Artwork was started in 2009 when we relocated to Doha, Qatar, with our daughter. Roll on eight and a half adventurous years, two more daughters and lots of travel, we are now back in the UK. Read more>>

Desmond Jackson

My story is a simple but complicated I’m from small town in Louisiana named Winnfield. I come from a small family. Growing up with not much to do led me to the world of art, being able to escape the dullness of Louisiana life by creating my own was incredible to me as a child. Read more>>

Taylor Bingham

Being surrounded by talented creatives changes the way a person thinks about their life and work. A part of always wanted to be Visual Artist, but at the time, I didn’t have the faith or confidence in myself to really go for it. Read more>>

John Bernhard

I grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and have always been fascinated by America and the western experience in particular. I had dreamt of traveling to the New World for as long as I could remember. So, in the late seventies, I took a yearlong backpacking road trip throughout America. Read more>>

Mario Rodriguez

Music has always been a big part of my life and I knew I would never stop soon after my first show during my High School years in Southeast Houston. My parents and siblings were always listening to music throughout our house while I was growing up. Read more>>

STEVEOVALDEZ

I have a passion for music production, songwriting, and the creative arts. At the same time developing the future generation and creating a platform for people to come learn how to monetize their arts or learn the craft has become a very exciting project. Read more>>

Shawn Artis

With my adoptive parents being social activists and myself having a natural curiosity in regards to my origins, my art took a shift towards a more socio-political direction and I began making more artwork focused on instilling social change and awareness. Read more>>

Lara Nguyen

I am an artist, educator and co-owner of Stone Cloud Studio with sculptor, Todd Frahm, my spouse and amazing father to Atticus and Moon. I teach painting and drawing at Warren Wilson College and am currently focusing on murals & public art. Read more>>

Andi Valentine

I never aimed to be a photographer but had enjoyed the medium my whole life without really becoming conscious of it as a form of expression. Looking back, photography has very much been inherent in my process and I have Polaroid selfies that date back to ’97. Read more>>

Nicolle LaMere

At the age of 26 I exchanged the engulfing landscape of the Midwest for the expansive, exposed Llano Estacado. After completing my MFA in ceramics with a secondary in sculpture from Texas Tech I embarked on the Texas Tech Land Arts of the American West field study program. Read more>>

Markee Shadows

I have been immersed in art from birth thanks to my father, who was also a painter. I developed a love of comic books and illustrated story books at a young age and began my journey into art by drawing the characters I read about. Read more>>

Erik Del rio

I’ve been an artist as Far back as I can remember. Back when i was 8 years old I remember watching beat street and break’n and being infatuated with the graffiti showcased in these films. Later on I found myself delving deep into skateboarding and remember seeing candid graffiti shots as backdrops in skate magazines. Read more>>

Raul the Third

I have an amazing job. I co-create and create books for kids of all ages. I work with the amazing writer Cathy Camper on the Lowrider series which includes Lowriders in Space, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth and Lowriders Blast from the Past from Chronicle Books. Read more>>

Justin Schwartfigure

I have always been infatuated with cameras. Ever since I was 14 years old I’ve been taking pictures. It was always exciting to me when I was able to use a throwaway Polaroid camera and develop the photos months later to view what I’ve captured. Read more>>

Ryan Hollaway

So I started doing photography in a time when I was between jobs. My father was a photographer who had old film equipment and a digital camera that intrigued me. So I taught myself how to photograph manually at first. I even took a online class to learn more. Read more>>

Amanda Walker

Developing as a mixed media artist is difficult because there are so many techniques clamoring to be used. However, being a scientist for most of my life gave me a great place to start as an artist, because scientists are so used to failure. Read more>>

Enrico Napoletano

With this question I started looking back in time with the intention of finding the right moment in which I brought this passion for art to light, I remembered that at the age of 7, I felt a great emotion when my mother bought me the notebooks for drawing. Read more>>

Haley Lynch

I found out about a band named Buxton and was instantly enamored with the songs. A few years later, through the power of Myspace, I was invited by lead singer, Sergio Trevino, to try out singing on some songs – and that’s how I got started playing music in Houston. Read more>>

Brent Bruni Comiskey

I’ve been an artist and photographer for 30+ yes. It wasn’t a deliberate choice. Having been born into a wealthy family gone bust, I was encouraged to pursue business. I rejected such notions and was submitting artwork to publications and making Super 8 films as a mere child in the 1970’s. Read more>>

Curt Baldwin

Studied graphic design in college and moved abroad thereafter to Italy and Sweden for 10 years. Came back stateside afterwards and eventually found my way to Houston where my wife and I have lived for the last 4 years. I started oil painting when we moved to Houston. Read more>>

Deborah Mueller-Hruza

My journey as an artist began with a few detours. I grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska, number eight of nine in the Mueller tribe. It was a small rural community. I read and dreamt of far off places and ways to get there. Read more>>

Madeline Edwards

I’ve spent this entire year working on my first full length record titled “MADE,” which I will be releasing in “chapters” starting next month. “Made” is a collection of stories, reflecting my life and experiences with family, life, love and betrayal, and how I navigated through all of it. Read more>>

Loren Holmes

I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression since being a teenager and not being able to dance made dealing with those things even more difficult. I was doing horrible things with people I shouldn’t have even been around. Thank God for uniting me with dance again in 2012. I haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Eva Cecilie Hoven

AFTER BEING AN ARTIST FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS, I AM NOW WORKING ON MY PAINTING CERTIFICATE AT GLASSELL SCHOOL OF ART, MFAH. I’M TAKING MY TIME DOING SO, BECAUSE I FIND BEING AN ACTIVE ARTIST IN AN INSPIRATIONAL AND DYNAMIC ART SOCIETY LIKE WHAT SAWYER YARDS IS REPRESENTING. Read more>>

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