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Thought-Provokers: Richmond

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

Francisco Lujan

Upon arriving in the US in my early twenties, I studied typesetting, art, and photography at Los Angeles Valley College. After graduating, I continued to study graphic design and photography at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. Read more>>

Allehseya Hawk

The role of art in keeping cultural traditions alive is self-evident, but more than this, art communicates when words fail, where distance forms a void. It creates that bridge in communities that serves to unite where division threatens, illustrates a forgotten history in one language — Read more>>

Nina Struthers

I’ve always been an artist….I was raised in England and as a teen, started drawing people’s suburban homes for cash. Moved to the USA and I went to art school at Rutgers in NJ and majored in painting and printmaking. Read more>>

Cornell McGhee

Most of my early photographic work centered on events and street photography. In 2013, I took a great leap and started a portrait photography business. Read more>>

Jenn Hicks

My southern roots run deep. When I visit home in Louisiana, I always come back with a thick drawl in my speech and a smile that stays on my face just a little bit longer. And while it wasn’t always like this, Louisiana is the place where my story began and it’ll always be the place to which I can come home. Read more>>

Ezra Hezekiah

I spent the first half of my life traveling as my father joined the US Army to provide opportunities for his family. These travels brought me in tune with various cultures and heightened my perception of the world. I credit much of my artistic influence to my Caribbean culture and upbringing as well as the many places I traveled during my childhood years. Read more>>

Stephen Huynh

I loved photography since I studied graphic design at University of Houston. After finishing my education at the University, I start to work with some of other photographers in Houston to improve my portfolio. That gave me a chance to find out my passion in wedding. Read more>>

Paulina Mendoza Valdez

I love photography, but I feel like it can be very dramatic in the sense that it shows as the primary snap moment. I’m moving onto video because it gives you a wider glance at what is really going on in the stories I create, but without giving too much context allowing people to create their own. Read more>>

Kelly Urban

It wasn’t until after my best friend got married and was having a hard time with the photographer she hired for her wedding that I realized I could do this. I could be a wedding photographer who cares about her past, present and future clients. From then on I focused on honing my wedding photography skills, my portrait photography skills, and along the way I learn something about newborn photography and children photography as well. Read more>>

Kara Gertson

Growing up I always have considered myself somewhat of a creative and a bit of a dreamer. I’ve always known I wanted to do something more than a degree could get me, but was never quite sure of what that was. Read more>>

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