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Thought-Provokers: West Loop

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

Greer Ross Dexter, Robert Ross

Studio Greer Robear is a father/daughter art studio in Houston, Texas. Robert Ross known as “Robear” is a self-taught artist who has been painting for over 40 years. Robert raised his daughter Greer to love art at an early age where she began painting by his side. Read more>>

Wendy Wight

My college background is Art Studio and English. After college, I continued to take classes. However, most of my focus was on math and science. These were classes that I was afraid of taking because I didn’t want to fail. The process of learning skills in math really translated into art making. Read more>>

Neil Ellis Orts

I became a performance artist—no one is more surprised than I am. Oh, and in between, I went to seminary where I found I did not have a calling to parish ministry, but that influences and colors my creative work, too. I’m also gay, so there I am, a gay, Lutheran, performing and writing farm boy. I confuse a few people and sometimes myself. Read more>>

Snater George

I have always had this gift to create. I can still remember the first thing that influenced me to start drawing, and that was my love for comics. Yes, like most, I admired the pictures, over the story line, but I was just so drawn to how the characters were created. Read more>>

R. Michael Hardy

I have always loved wood, and toward the end of my full-time teaching career I began returning to that visual art background through woodworking. Now that I am retired, I have been able to expand my work and grow from a hobbyist into a fairly successful fine woodworker. Read more>>

Aly Hester

Photography is what makes me truly happy. I have always wanted to be a business owner, so why not make something that I truly love my business. Once that decision was in my head, I quit my full-time job in sales and began my career as a full-time photographer. Read more>>

Rebecca Pham

After a few months of getting almost obsessed with watching cake decorating, I decided to try myself! I bought a ton of cake decorating supplies and watched tons of videos online teaching myself different techniques. I spent months and months developing my skills. Read more>>

Khanh Nguyen

The journey to photography only gets much more interesting from there. I met a lot of great photographers through conferences, inspired by them and learned a lot from them. Through many trials and errors, my photography business starts to grow with great support from my clients, friends, and family. Read more>>

Michelle Hlavinka

To be honest, I never pictured myself as a baker. Growing up, “cook” was a four-letter word. I never had the patience for it. Two of my earliest baking memories included coating the kitchen in a mist of flour. So, I think it came as a surprise that I picked up baking years later. Read more>>

Zain Awais

I have had the pleasure of working on production sets in varying capacities, handling art for artists as well as creating visuals for journalists. At the same time trying to find time to work on my personal art and short films on the side. Read more>>

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