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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.

RAJESH JYOTHISWARAN

I call myself an accidental photographer. Until about 4 years ago, the only photography I had done was with a point and shoot camera. A chance realization of my own latent photography skills, when a smartphone photo of my native plant garden went viral on Facebook. Read more>>

Daniel Moulden

I started drawing when I was very young and was first taught to paint by my father. In high school I took my very first art classes and got completely hooked on the idea of being an artist. Read more>>

Don Maschinski

Out of all of the design jobs and artistic activities I’ve been involved with, painting was the thing I always enjoyed doing the most as it allows me express myself through use of colors, design, and texture. Read more>>

Linda Lucas Hardy

I’ve been an artist my whole life. How can I say, or even understand that? I know it though, because I’ve looked back. There has to be a line one crosses from being a child who is merely playing. Read more>>

Monica Peña

I love learning and I’ve always had a passion for reading, researching, writing and creating various experiences to entertain myself and others. I never thought of it as anything more than just something I did in my free time. Read more>>

Gail Delger

I have enjoyed creating art ever since elementary school. I took art classes all through high school, but didn’t pursue it until my kids were older and I had more time. Read more>>

Brittney O’Brien

I first picked up a camera while I was pregnant with my firstborn after my father-in-law gave me an old DSLR, suggesting that I might want something other than iPhone photos every once in a while. Read more>>

Les Gaddis

With a natural progression and growing appreciation for the arts, I pursued a Business Management and Music degree with a minor in Concert Piano at Dillard. In the midst of Hurricane Katrina, my family moved to Dallas, Texas. Read more>>

Stephanie Sifuentes

I’ve unintentionally spent my entire life creating things! I started as a dancer. Where I found my passion choreographing for advanced children. I attended the University of Texas where I pursued my dance degree. Read more>>

JC Cochrane

It’s about seeking greater understanding of self, others and circumstance by seeing the role and responsibility in it all and also about forgiveness…of ourselves and others. It’s our story but readers find theirs in it. Read more>>

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