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 Neartown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Along the way I found myself more involved in the haunted house industry and became the art director for “The Dungeon of Doom”, located at The Kemah Boardwalk. I began to look for professions that were centered around art, so I taught acrylic paint classes and learned to custom frame artwork. These all became building blocks for the artist I am today. Read more>>
Maria Elena Rusinek
My path in life has made me open minded, sensitive and appreciative of the ways, the history and idiosyncrasy of different human groups. It has also made me mindful of the solitude immigrants and outsiders face when in contact with stranger lands. Read more>>
I fell in love with the wedding industry, but I desperately wanted to be self-employed. I crave flexibility and working towards MY goals. In January 2014 I officially launched my business, and I’ve been working towards this dream ever since. Read more>>
I started drawing pretty much as soon as I could hold a crayon. My mother was especially encouraging. I think she knew I was an artist before I ever even realized it. She’s kept pretty much every scrap of paper I’ve ever drawn on a shelf in a closet. Read more>>
I have always had a passion for nature, photography, kayaking, gourmet cooking, and music…. all of which led me to the unique discovery of a new art form. Years of collecting special stones and rocks developed into extraordinary artistic rock designs. Read more>>
I popped out of boxes and got cut in half every weekend during college. Following my interests in the symbolic arts, I found myself working for C.J Johnson, an illusionist who traveled throughout Texas and surrounding states. Read more>>
I was always passionate about images and sounds. When I was fifteen (1977), I got my first film camera, an Olympus Trip, and less than one year later I started getting paid gigs. At that time there were no digital, you had only 36 exposures to get the perfect shot, and you would only see the result a week later. Read more>>
Margaret M. Drake
I am inspired by athleticism, motion, and grace. I love to sculpt realistic animals and humans with an interesting story to tell. Since I believe that a sculpture should be pleasing to view from all sides, I put my table-top sized pieces on a turntable so that they will freely spin. Read more>>
My creative eye had begun to form and evolve slowly and steadily. Later on, I would start to participate in a photography contest hosted by Green Space Alliance, 4-H in San Antonio, TX., and many more. After years of photography, I started to look for a new challenge in my creative life. Read more>>
I truly believe that you can apply your creativity everywhere, and I consider myself a very creative person, but when you find yourself working for too many years in an area that doesn’t make you whole, then it is time for a change. Read more>>
I was born outside of Philly to a Jewish American father and a British ex-pat mother. They taught me to follow my heart, embraced my creativity, and encouraged me to reach for my goals as an artist as they both are very creative themselves. My dad runs a family-owned sign making company featuring an in-house art department and a workshop that fabricates each sign by hand, and my mum has made or reupholstered almost every piece of furniture and decor in our house. After high school, I moved to NYC to attend Marymount Manhattan College to get a Theatre Arts degree in Costume Design. Read more>>