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Thought-Provokers: Plano

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

Mike Shisler

After graduating with an architecture degree and working in that industry for nearly a decade, I realized that I had drifted away from the artistic and creative aspects that attracted me to architecture as a child. To immerse myself back into these visual and aesthetic channels, I began carrying and making daily entries into a small sketchbook. Read more>>

Jenny Havens

I began my professional career in the Accounting/Finance industry as a CPA with a Masters in Finance. While I enjoyed the challenges, my heart has always thrived in the creative world. My interest in photography began when we moved to England when I was young. The access to travel and such a unique history developed into a passion for visual storytelling. Read more>>

India Andrea

I look back on how we got started and I simply laugh because being cheap has turned into something I truly love. I have a Ph.D. in Psychology, I work full time in HR, and I also teach psychology and statistics. Photography is an art/ profession that if I could find the right full-time opportunity, I would without hesitation. Read more>>

Sofia Martinez

Cinema is something for your eyes and ears to enjoy but also for your mind to think. What we see on the television and in theaters influences the way we see the world. Because of that, I don’t think of storytelling as just an art form. Cinema is the art we use to tell the stories of who we are. Read more>>

Cherie Fruehan

Without giving away the premise, I can just say someone needs to communicate with our detective, and he is going to have to trust his long-ignored intuition in order to receive the message. If he does, it will lead him to answers to the questions he didn’t even think to ask. Read more>>

Kayla Arnold

One day I was on my old laptop, and my blog was right there! I realized my passion wasn’t an everyday one that we talked about in school, but it was the fact that I saw things differently. That I would rather be a photographer than have any old 9-5 job. Read more>>

Debi Sementelli

Not only as a fun skill for everyday people to use but also as a relaxing, creative hobby. So I have created a series of Brush Lettering Classes on Skillshare, an online subscription learning site. I also share my lettering knowledge through video tutorials on my YouTube channel. Read more>>

Eric Su

Because of my engineering background, I enjoyed learning about the technical details of photography first but quickly started reading and studying more and more composition and creative aspects of photography, a side that I constantly struggle with.  Read more>>

Erica Kalish

I enjoy full-figure studies because they are challenging and require a lot of attention. It is my intent to find a way to ‘bring the figures to life.’ We spend all of our lives looking at people, and it’s easy for art to find itself in the uncanny valley. I would like for the figure to feel familiar and share a dialogue with its viewer. Read more>>

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