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Thought-Provokers: West 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 West Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Abby Guempel

My mom is an artist. She painted movie theatre billboards when Adobe had not yet been invented. So, I grew up with my mom’s sketches and colored-pencil paper dolls as my childhood toys. We get the artistic blood from my mom side for sure. My background is actually architecture and minor in graphic design. Read more>>

Alex Barba

Authenticity is important to me. I always thought to myself that it doesn’t matter if you wear a suit or a t-shirt and jeans. If you don’t know what you’re talking about or you’re not good at what you do then who cares if you wear a suit? Read more>>

Emilie Skinner

I started ballet lessons at age 6 and instantly developed an intense love for the art form. Though like most relationships, over time it became more of a love/hate dynamic. I dealt with the physical and emotional strains that come with spending hours each day in the studio, trying to reach perfection. Read more>>

Ofelia Faz-Garza

Culturally we grew up Mexican because even though our parents came to the US for work they didn’t want us to forget who we were at our core. We spoke only Spanish at home and then English at school. Straddling bridges began early for me and is the still one of the most basic tenets of my work today. Read more>>

Edna Herrera

I first got interested in tattooing when I was traveling in Mexico, I got a tattoo done on my ankle and the artist who did it talked to me about the subject. At the time it just stayed in my head as an idea, I had a lot going on already. Read more>>

Roma Osowo

Only a year and a half ago, at the urging of my husband, I picked up some paint brushes, and ended what was a twelve year hiatus from painting. I very soon realized that Art was tied to my purpose, which has been an incredible answer to prayer. Read more>>


I remember looking into a mirror. I needed it to work on my self-portrait. My fifth grade art teacher wanted us to make representations of our faces using collage. I looked through magazines to find eyes, a nose, and lips for my face. I fell for making art then and there. Read more>>

Angela Faz

I begin to hone my skills toward worthwhile causes which in turn became essential to my art practice. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with local grassroots organizations such as Art Conspiracy, Texas Organizing Project, and Mother’s Against Police Brutality. Read more>>

Monica Acosta

My creative path began with photography. I was highly involved in photography throughout High School practicing both traditional and digital photography. Read more>>

Spencer Evans

I’m not sure if I truly became an “Artist” until I became a high school art teacher and developed a deep concern for the future of American society, specifically, the future of the Black community. Read more>>

Iris Bechtol

It was a great experience for me as a young artist to be surrounded by other artists making great work and have the opportunity to experiment with content and material in my own practice. Read more>>

Alexis Carreon

When i learned about face painting i had no idea the world i was missing out on. In 2012 My Mom had a friend who had lil popup festivals in Oak Cliff and he asked if i was good with kids and suggested face painting for the kiddos while their parents shopped. Read more>>

Ryan Rushing

The summer after I started the graphic design program at Louisiana Tech, I had a tough time finding an internship, so I looked elsewhere. I heard through the grapevine about a man who did decorative concrete casting, and he needed a shop worker. Read more>>

Charnay Parks

Charnay Park’s first memory of becoming interested with fashion began at an early age. She started playing dress up in her great aunt’s designer shoes and handbags at the age 4. By the age of 11, Charnay would think of designs in her head and quickly began to sketch the ideas onto paper in hopes of bringing them to life. Read more>>

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