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Thought-Provokers: Central Dallas

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

Kristin Moore

While working full time, I spent the following year preparing drawings, paintings, and utilizing everything I had learned to promote my upcoming exhibition. Through this show, I ended up building a collector base that would totally shift my career focus moving forward. I was so honored to see that people actually wanted to own something I had created. Read more>>

Lisa Jacobs

I reached the level of success I had been working for so many years– I had a good job, a comfortable home, and I filled that home with lots of nice stuff. I thought this success would equal happiness, but happiness never came. Read more>>

Mitchell Ogiamien

Typically, my story of how I got into photography is more of interest. I get caught up anywhere I see a camera and somehow I end up having access to use the camera at some point. Along the line, while I was working in a telecoms company, I had lots of idle time due to the project closure and figured I could use it to do something. I told my wife about it and she said what about photography, I knocked it off at that instance thinking I never saw myself taking it that far to the point of loving it and eventually making a living out of it. Read more>>

Suave Burgandy

I’ve had the blessing and burden of experiencing the good, bad, and the ugly of the entertainment industry as it exists in Dallas, Tx, and spaces beyond. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have developed relationships and skill sets that have afforded me countless opportunities. Read more>>

Heath Fewell

Months of shooting the closest people in my life, I decided to go public with my art. In order to attract awareness to my services, I created an Instagram page that would cater specifically to my photography versus a few mediocre edits that were temporarily displayed on my personal page. Read more>>

Vanessa Castillo

I actually grew up moving a lot and have lived in over 15 different cities between Texas and California. I believe that is what helped me creatively. I got to live near Venice Beach for a while, which is filled with so many artists to inspire you. I have even lived in the valley of some mountains and even a small dairy farm town. Read more>>

Eddie Lee

I Dance! I Choreograph! I am an Aspiring Creative Director! What I do is bring people’s music/ideas to life. I am here to bring movement to your world. When I create pieces, I believe there is always a message inside of it. Whether it being a club song or something more moving like an emotional ballad. Read more>>

Emily Guadalupe Hernandez

I was born and raised in East Texas, surrounded by greenery and Live Oak trees. From a young age, nature was always my happy place and where I felt more at home. I was raised by immigrant parents, and I’m proud to say I am the first to graduate college in my family. Read more>>

Megan Van Groll

I’m a figurative realist painter, which means I work primarily with portraits and the human figure.Throughout my artistic practice, I’ve painted women in a variety of contexts, from portraits to narrative vignettes. In each approach, the to investigate something essential or visceral about the female experience, and the emotional, psychological, and cultural forces that shape the lives of women. Read more>>

Stephanie Estrin

I love color and playing with dynamic compositions. I love fully immersing myself into the paint with my hands and other tools. I love the intuitive process of just letting the painting evolve on the fly with no preconceived notions of what the outcome will be. I exhibit and show my work in local art galleries and sell from my website. Read more>>

Bryson Hennington

I grew up listening to boyz ii men and all types of R&B groups and wanted to be just like them. The New Edition’s, B2k, Boyz ii Men, B5 and all kind of groups. Once I was out of college I made a priority to live life how I wanted. I was tired of not being the person I’ve always wanted to be. Life’s too short. Read more>>

Martin Stranka

I love digital camera. Mainly because I enjoy the tremendous freedom, it provides, in terms of the possibilities in the creative process. I like to think of a photo as almost a still from a film. That kind of a scene that almost seems like reality but it’s wrapped in a dreamlike light and feels that little bit more like a dream. Read more>>

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