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Val Garcia

Val Garcia

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Many in Tucson recognize Valente “Val” Garcia as the cherubic child immortalized in the ‘Running of the Piñatas’ mural on 6th Ave, a masterpiece by his father, the renowned muralist Ignacio Garcia. While this brush with fame might have been an early introduction to the world of art, it certainly wasn’t his last.

Even as a toddler, Val’s artistic prowess was evident. At just two years old, his fingers danced across canvases, laying the foundation for an innate appreciation of art. Today, Val is not just the son of a muralist; he’s a formidable artist in his own right. His talent shines brightly in graphic design, and his craftsmanship stands out in the detailed, one-of-a-kind Cosplay costumes and swords he creates.

Always on the hunt for inspiration, Val can often be found at the latest Gundam store, delving into the intricate world of model kits. His vibrant personality doesn’t go unnoticed, as he easily captivates anyone lucky enough to cross his path, especially with his unique blend of curiosity, eloquence, and charm.

Val’s presence is a gift, radiating warmth and inclusivity to all in his orbit. His vivacious energy not only enhances the artistic community but also makes the world shine a little brighter. Dive into the creative genius of Val Garcia the next time you visit Tucson Gallery!

William Coupon

William Coupon

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William Coupon
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Hailing from the bustling streets of New York City, William Coupon now finds solace in the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The towering structures of Manhattan have been exchanged for the tranquil embrace of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

William’s foray into photography began with innovation. He introduced the world to “audiographs” – photographs that spoke, featuring looped cassettes behind framed images, and “kinetographs” – photographs that moved, driven by motors. This inventive spirit earned him a coveted commission: window displays at the iconic Bloomingdale’s in the late 1970s. Around the same period, William’s documentary on the legendary New York disco, Studio 54, garnered significant acclaim, securing a spot in the International Center of Photography exhibition titled “Fleeting Gestures: Treasures of Dance Photography.”

By 1979, William’s focus shifted to formal studio portraits. Drawing inspiration from lower Manhattan’s youth and counter-culture, he developed a distinct style. Utilizing a single-light source against a mottled backdrop, he crafted a portable studio, allowing him to traverse the world documenting global sub-cultures. This venture, termed “Social Studies,” became a profound visual chronicle of indigenous communities. From the vibrant Haitians, Australian Aboriginals, Native Americans, to the elusive Central African Pygmies, every portrait showcased William’s innate ability to capture the essence of diverse cultures.

1992 marked a significant milestone. During the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, William was tasked with photographing the world’s tribal leaders. Two years later, the United Nations and the U.S. Congress celebrated his work, displaying it in the U.S. Senate Rotunda for the UN’s Year of the Indigenous People.

But William’s lens wasn’t confined to personal projects. His prowess in commercial photography and film is noteworthy. He has graced Time Magazine with 15 covers, capturing every U.S. President since Richard Nixon, including iconic Person of the Year covers of Clinton and Bush. His portfolio boasts works for Newsweek, Rolling Stone Magazine, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, featuring global luminaries like Benazir Bhutto, Yasser Arafat, and Prince Phillip. Additionally, his contributions extend to advertising and corporate campaigns for powerhouses like Nike, Apple, and Harvard University.

Currently, the world eagerly anticipates the release of “SOCIAL STUDIES,” a book that promises a deep dive into the portraits of 29 diverse groups from around the globe, a testament to William Coupon’s unparalleled journey through the tapestry of human civilization.

Explore the profound depth and range of William Coupon’s work at Tucson Gallery, inside Proper Shops at 300 E Congress Street in Downtown Tucson!

Darby Hunter Shop Art Tucson Gallery

Darby Hunter

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Darby Hunter’s Story:

I was born in 1998 in Tucson Arizona. I grew up in a super crafty and artistic family, my mom doing cross stitching and my dad drawing. I was always highly encouraged to be artistic and I spent all my free time drawing, painting or sculpting. I have fond memories of using my grandpa’s 1970s Berol Prismacolor colored pencils and my dads half used sketch pad, would lay on the floor drawing my cats or sit out in the backyard and draw cars or desert plants. 

After I graduated high school and started crafting and painting more often. I did a lot of desert landscape art and crafting with my step dad being a huge supporter, my step dad bought me an iPad to start my digital art journey. When my step dad passed in 2021, Art really became a way to cope with his passing and I wrote and illustrated a whole educational book in his memory. My step dad, Dr. Timothy Krone, was a very generous person and I wanted to keep that up in honor of him. I’ve donated art to the Hermitage no kill cat shelter and all proceeds go towards the cats. I’ve also made art for the United way youth program to help with Tucson youth. Donating art to help others has really made me appreciate art even more and I will always be looking for more ways to help those around me...


Where did you grow up? 

I grew up in Tucson Arizona! 

Tell us about your family 

None of my family is originally from Arizona , my mom and dad met in North Carolina while my mom was in college becoming a veterinary technician and my dad joined the Air Force and worked on A-10’s, the military moved my parents out to Davis monthan in the mid 90’s after my dad was deployed in Desert storm. I was born here in Tucson in 1998 and my younger brother was born in 2003. 

My step dad was a veterinarian who graduated from Michigan state university and moved to Tucson Arizona in the early 2000’s to escape the cold and continue with his other career of being a pilot. 

My brother is a car mechanic who gets roped into helping me with my art projects quite often. I have him help with my big projects. He is the muscle behind my crazy ideas and he maintains my car so I can go to craft fairs! 

And My fiancĂ© Alberto, he is a first generation American. He has been super supportive through my journey of being an artist and loves telling everyone about what project I’m working on next. Alberto is the man who helps me set up for all my craft fairs by loading/unloading my tables and tents. He also helps come up with some fun ideas for designs! 

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them ?

Of course! With my mom and step dad both being in the animal care field I always had animals at home. I grew up with cats , dogs , guinea pigs , rats , mice , leopard geckos and

chameleons all of them being rescues that ended up coming home with them from the clinics. I currently have 4 cats: Theodorious , Nuri , Mango tango and Gray goose, 2 Dobermans: Hershie and Dresden , 2 Guinea pigs: Otis and Zeus and a chameleon named Kiwi! I love them all much more than words! 

When did you know that you would be an artist ?

Ever since I was a kid! Art called my name and with how much of my time I spent doing Art I just knew I would go places with it 

What is your favorite media to work with? 

I love acrylic paint on canvas, I grew up painting on cheap canvases so it really brings me back to my roots to paint on canvas! I also really like digital art, It’s great for when I travel, I can just pack my iPad in my backpack and never miss a beat when I dream up a great idea for a piece! 

What do you do when you’re not doing your art? 

You can always catch me with a cat in my lap and a dog on my side! I love to watch informational videos and crime shows while snuggled up with the fur babies.

Artworks by Darby Hunter

Casey James

Casey James

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Casey James
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Casey James

A remarkable individual, with an unwavering determination to turn his dreams into reality, Casey James was born in Tucson, Arizona in the fall of 1989. From an early age, life presented its hardships, but Casey’s unyielding faith in God provided the guiding light to his journey of creativity and self-discovery. 

At the tender age of 10, a seminal moment occurred in his life during a family road-trip to San Diego — on the radio, a genre of music, foreign to Casey’s ears, blared through the speakers. The song’s infectious beat, catchy hook, and lyrical delivery, in combination with powerful storytelling, instantly captivated him. This newfound love for Hip-Hop served as both a refuge place and a gateway to creative expression for Casey. In time, he would write and produce his own music that would inspire and comfort others.

As Casey journeyed through life, he soon realized his talents extended beyond music. He had a natural gift for capturing the beauty of the world through the lens of a camera. With an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering determination, he turned his passion for photography into a thriving business, capturing moments that told stories and creating lasting memories for his clients.

Recently, Casey has ventured into the realm of fine art. With fun textures and vibrant colors, he creates multimedia pieces that showcase the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert against bold color blocks. By elevating common desert plants as his focal point, Casey challenges viewers to reevaluate the significance of ordinary objects in their surroundings. His distinct artistic style illuminates the essence and beauty of the desert cacti, allowing viewers to appreciate the unique charm of these iconic symbols of the American Southwest.

Throughout his endeavors and accomplishments, Casey’s love for God and unrelenting faith have continuously grounded him. It is this faith that fuels his pursuit of purpose and desire to touch the lives of others through the means of creative expression. Today, Casey stands as a multifaceted artist, musician, entrepreneur, and an inspiration to those who have faced adversity, reminding us all that even in the darkest times, the light of God’s love can guide us toward a brighter future.


Where did you grow up?

Tucson , AZ 🙂

Tell us about your family

I have a beautiful wife that I’ve been together with since High School. We share two beautiful children Ace, 10 and Leon 2 along with our x2 13 year old dogs Boose & Cookie

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them

Cookie & Boose are Pitbulls that have been coupled since they were each less than 1 year old. We raised them from puppies and their part of our family. They are amazing around our kids and they travel with us when they can!

When did you know that you would be an artist

I never knew I’d tap into Art until this year when I began to explore with different techniques to create POPS Art the vision I’ve had for about 6 months prior.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Photography! I am a full-time Photographer so I know the ins and outs of my camera. I am able to capture my vision and execute exact details in various scenarios. I love the challenges and artistic opportunities photography offers.

What do you do when you’re not doing your art?

I love creating MUSIC! I play a bit of Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, and write songs. I’ve written close to 1000 songs since I was a child. I dedicate most of my spare time to my FAMILY. Spending time with them and going on NEW ADVENTURES is what is most important to me.

Artworks by Casey James

Andrea Rodriguez

Andrea Rodriguez

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Andrea’s Story

Originally from the Czech Republic, Andrea Rodriguez moved to Arizona in 1993. Staying connected to her passion for art and design, she graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2003 with a Bachelors in Interior Design and Art. Post graduation, Andrea fulfilled her dream of becoming an independent interior designer. In 2012, she expanded her business by starting an Architectural and Interior Design firm, Mar Designs, with her husband, Mariano Rodriguez. She has won numerous design awards from the American Society of Interior Designers, the Design Excellence Awards for Commercial and Residential Product Design, Commercial and Residential Space, Specialty and Outdoor Living space.

Additionally, Andrea enjoys oil painting a variety of desert landmarks, nature and nudes. In 2015, she decided to refresh her artistic skills by attending local painting classes. While in the classes, she grew not only as an artist but realized her love for working with others in a studio setting. This love has expanded into her own teaching practice for large groups. She has taught group classes in both Arizona and the Czech Republic.

Outside of interior design and art, she is raising her two daughters, Angelika and Alexandra, with her husband in Tucson, Arizona. They have chickens, koi fish, a desert tortoise, and two dogs, Lucky and Dexter. Together, they enjoy an active lifestyle with many hands-on projects and athletic events. They love gardening, painting, softball, and musical performances. During her free time, Andrea loves to golf with her husband...


Where did you grow up?

I was born in a tiny farming town called Lukavec, in the former Czechoslovakia, where I lived until age 14. Looking back, I have the best childhood memories: riding bikes around the whole town with my friends, swinging so high that the poles lifted out of the ground, catching fireflies, and picking up flowers and plants to dry for winter. My mom spent so much time with my brother and I outdoors. Our garden was full of berries. We would run through open fields all day and pick edible mushrooms in the forest. During the long and cold winters, we would paint, create dry flower arrangements, and create tiny folks from chestnuts. It was pure magic. Since my family still lives back in the Czech Republic; I travel back as I’m able with my kids to show them the same experience.

Tell us about your family

My dad, Pavel, is a talented blacksmith and worked at our town farm for years. I remember visiting his shop while he was crafting. The rough iron, the fire, and his skills were fascinating to me as a little girl. I’ve always appreciated metal and glass artists. My mom, Helena, worked at the local wood factory and later became a chef at my brother’s fine dining restaurant. She taught me how to make typical Czech dumplings or baked kolacky, a fine pastry with jams. My parents are still married after 52 years and living at the same house I grew up in.

I have one older brother named Paul. He has always loved architecture and futuristic art. Twenty years ago, he lost his best friend to a drug overdose and decided to take a stand. He created a unique drug-prevention project, Revolution Train, which is an interactive, educational experience for children between 12-17 that involves all the human senses. With this specially- equipped train, this educational program has touched over a million kids in four different countries. He is my hero.

I married the love of my life fifteen years ago. Mariano was born in Mexico City and is a successful architect. I always joke that we have a Czech-Mex family now, with three beautiful daughters Erica, Alexandra, and Angelika.

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them

Yes, we have several pets. Our two dogs are Lucky and Dexter. Lucky is a 14-year-old poodle mix who we rescued. We knew once we saw him, he would be well loved by our family. We added an additional member to our family, Dexter, a Yorkie Terrier puppy to keep Lucky company and keep him moving. The two of them are always with us on family vacation or our girls’ practices. Additionally, we have chickens: Betty, Lottie, Gram Cracker, Cheese and Cake, who are generous enough to spare some eggs for us. In our backyard, we have a lovely pond with large beautiful koi fish, which has inspired me for a few of my paintings. Our last pet is Otis, is an 8 year old desert tortoise who enjoys cruising our backyard.

When did you know that you would be an artist

I was in the middle of my freshman year of high school when the Berlin Wall fell. Under the communist party, I was not able to choose my area of study since my parents were not in the party. I became an accounting and secretary major, but this was far away from my personality.

Just a year later, at 16 years old, I was protesting our lack of freedom under the communist regime with the rest of my classmates. In November 1989, the country opened to the world and we were able to travel freely to other countries. I left for the United States by myself two years later. By 25, I knew I wanted to pursue Interior Design and enrolled full time at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and later Northern Arizona University. I knew I wanted to change people’s lives through color and design and this was an important step for me to fulfill that. However, I can’t recall a time when I knew I would be an artist. I think I became one through exploring the foundation in creativity already there. I was fortunate to be raised by parents who guided me through natural forms of art without money. They raised me to appreciate little things easily spotted in nature, supported me with art supplies, and encouraged my dreams.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Oil paint is just my absolute favorite! I love blending it, its texture, and even the smell. You place it on your pallet and can mix the perfect color. It also has longevity so even if you don’t finish the same day, you could just cover it and come back a week later to find the covered paint ready to paint again. I started out with water pencils, acrylic, and oil paint. Canvases are not only things I painted on, I love to retouch and give new life to old recycled furniture or make murals for kid’s nursery. Even exterior paint color is fun for murals, especially for plain children’s playground.

What do you do when you’re not doing your art?

When I’m not painting, I am probably busy with my family or work. Even I love to get lost myself in the hands-on painting I still use daily a digital media as well. Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD and Sketch up program’s skills help me to demonstrate & visualize layout, scale and finish options to clients in a physical space. The final illustration of the rooms or homes are almost as real as it gets. It truly helps clients to see how their future house will look like.

Almost 8 years ago we decided to build a little free library dedicated to our girl’s. Since than Alex’s LFL distributed over 80,000 free books to local community and we organized many Events, our most famous was Annual Santa’s Letters, Halloween parade books instead of candies, Valentine’s fundraiser for rescue dogs. It become well love part of our neighborhood and by now it’s well established so I rarely have to ask for more book donations.

I am passionate about causes that touch my heart or family. We always try to volunteer and give back to our community, from neighborhood involvement, sex trafficking victims, animal shelter or my last effort with Sewing Masks for Tucson donating over 50,000 masks to our community.

But my best free time is always with my love ones. Both my daughters love art projects, gardening, baking, piano or ukuleles or play softball, which keeps us pretty busy during the week. If there is any free time left, with my husband and I enjoy golfing, RV camping in Arizona beautiful parks and meeting up with our friends. Family and friends’ bond is important to me and cherish every minute of it.

Artworks by Andrea Rodriguez

Ukiah Hoy and Family

Ukiah Hoy

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Ukiah Hoy
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Sculptures of Ukiah Hoy

Ukiah’s Story

Ukiah Hoy is a Tucson Based artist and art educator, who grew up in Catalina, Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a focus on 3-dimensional art making.

After graduating from the U of A, Hoy began teaching the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts program at Cholla High School in Tucson, AZ., Where she has been teaching for seven years.

In January 2018, The Women’s Caucus of the National Art Education Association awarded Hoy its Carrie Nordlund pre-K-12 Feminist Pedagogy Award. The award honors an educator for making a “special effort to incorporate feminist pedagogy into her or his pre-K-12 teaching, and which pre-K-12 art educators, peers, and administrators have recognized as inclusive.”

In August of 2018 Hoy was named the Arizona IB Diploma Teacher of the Year. Awarded by the Arizona Association of International Baccalaureate Schools, or AZIBS...

Hoy works closely with the Tucson Museum of art, collaborating with the museum education team, as well as exhibiting artists, to enrich the educational opportunities for her students. In 2022 Hoy partnered with Dr. Marianna Pegno (TMA Director of engagement and inclusion) and LA based artist, Patrick Martinez to explore the narratives addressed in his exhibitions and create works of art that express their own stories.

When she is not teaching art, Hoy is making her own, and has enjoyed making sculptural works that play with the relationship between rigid materials such as steel, and delicate biological structures like insects and birds. A critical part of her teaching philosophy is to be an active creator as both a mentor and a model for how art can be used as a language and a catalyst for change and innovation.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in and near Tucson. My family lived in Catalina just N of Tucson and I remember the long drives into town as a small child. The desert was much more prominent then because much of Oro Valley was not developed. The first traffic light on Oracle Road was at Tangerine Road and I don’t think there was another one until Magee. It made for a much speedier commute. 

Tell us about your family

My husband is a local as well. He and I have been married for 12 years and have three beautiful kids. We met out with friends and have not looked back since. We have an assortment of pets which are our family too! Chickens, Koi, turtles, and a new puppy named Sue. We are excited for him to be our travel buddy. The kids love playing with him and we love watching them make memories. 

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I have been an artist of some sort since I was a small child. My mother was artistic and always dabbling in various projects and would curate new artistic experiences for my brother and me. My Grandfather was an animator and had a large influence on my desire to create. He would look over my sketchbooks in my adolescence and critique my wandering drawings. I remember feeling both totally judged and motivated at the same time when he would search through the pages of doodles.

What is your favorite media to work with?

I always knew I wanted to work with metal but was not sure how to go about it. In college I started playing with steel, aluminum, and bronze. I dabbled in lost wax casting and welding and stumbled upon the processes I am currently exploring. I am interested in creating movement and fluid lines in my work using a rigid and rough material, like steel. It is intriguing to me to recreate intricate biological designs, like insects and birds, with a material that is challenging to manipulate. The outcome captures the subjects in an abstracted way that reimagines their designs.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do (Tom’s way of asking)? Or, what do you do when you’re not doing your art?

When I am not making art, I am teaching art. I have been a high school art teacher in TUSD for the past seven years and love teaching young artists how to find their voice as we explore contemporary art practices in an open studio setting.

And when I am not making or teaching, I love to be outside! I enjoy hiking, running, walking, climbing, camping, you name it. It is really a whole family affair. My love of nature has had a direct influence on my art practice and I am sure it will continue to shape how I begin artistic endeavors for years to come.

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Sculptures by Ukiah Hoy

Lisa Agababian

Lisa Agababian

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Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Ceramic Sculptures of Lisa Agababian

Lisa’s Story:

I’ve had my hands in the clay for decades now but it wasn’t until I quit my  Computer Consulting Business, serving mostly the non-profit community for 20  years, to attend to my own heart that my Art & Life began to shift in a beautiful,  authentic way. Since then, my large & small unique, one-of-a-kind, Ceramic  Heart Wall Sculptures have taken on a life of their own.  

Today, fleeting moments of intimacy in nature; my experience with the depths of  my own being; as well as my great love, compassion, and connection with other  sentient beings is what inspires my art. Earthenware clay, a comforting, forgiving,  and friendly medium to work with allows me to express genuinely, intricately, and  most exquisitely in ways I could not with another medium or words alone.  

Invisible forces have always had a hand in my art, as I must hand over each  piece to the kiln gods and goddesses, which undoubtedly add to the magic of  each piece. Nevertheless, all are designed, hand-built, and painted by me, with  low fire colorful glazes, crystal glazes, under-glazes, metallic/luster overgrazes, and anything else I can embellish a piece with to add to the depth, beauty, and  uniqueness desiring to be expressed... 


Where did you grow up?

Officially I grew up in Riverdale in the north Bronx of  New York City but I was really raised at Camp Nubar, an Armenian summer  camp in upstate New York, not far from Woodstock. Working as a senior  lifeguard in my late teens in the south Bronx helped me grow up too.  

Tell us about your family?

I was born into a family of 2nd generation  Armenians, which means all my grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide  of 1915. We are a family of waves riders literally and metaphorically. We not  only navigated some atrocious circumstances in life but we thoroughly enjoy life too, especially moments in the great outdoors riding ocean waves, & shredding  (skiing) snow-capped mountains. All my grandparents & parents and most  uncles & aunts passed on decades ago. Today my true (extended) family has  expanded globally and so I now consider myself belong to a family of Rainbow  Light Peace Keepers.  

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them?

For over 20 years I had the  pleasure of sharing my home with three kitties who all passed on in the past  three years. Betty Diamond, my oldest, came to me from a kitty litter. Mukti (the  Sanskrit word for liberation) and Karuna (the Sanskrit word for compassion), feral  kitten siblings, were running for their lives in West University Neighborhood until I  rescued them but we all know who rescued who. Betty Diamond on the other  hand was a Guru in disguise and our connection was uncanny. All three brought  immense joy into my life and saw me thru the twists and turns & the highs and  lows of life. I adored each of them, and look forward to the next kitty I am  blessed with.  

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I never knew I would be an  artist, I just knew I was a creator from an early age. I was drawing, painting,  linoleum block printing, building with papier-mâchĂ©, cardboard, wood, and clay  early in life. Unfortunately, pursuing art beyond High School was not supported  by my dad, although my childhood art teachers recognized my gift and passion,  and did there best to encourage me to apply to art schools. My formal education  & degrees are in Mathematics & Computer Science, and although my training in  ceramics is not considered formal, I have been taught, touched & guided to my  heART by many visible & invisible hands. 

What is your favorite media to work with?

Hands down low fire earthenware  clay is my favorite medium to work with. I absolutely love having my hands in the  clay. Clay not only feels good it is a most friendly and forgiving medium to work  with before the first firing. Low fire clay bodies allow me to achieve the vibrant  colors in my glazes. I also love co-creating with the kiln gods and goddesses  who have a hand in every piece. Letting go is a practice but always so exciting  when it’s time to open my kilns after a glaze firing.  

What do you do when you’re not doing your art?

If I’m not fixing something  around the house or doing office work, I’m enjoying the great outdoors, hiking,  biking, skiing, surfing, diving, or kayaking… either solo or with friends in Tucson,  or out of town guests. This past year I was teaching skiing on Mt Lemmon  because we had three months of snow. I love getting to the Lower Salt River and  Patagonia lake to kayak and swim in the summers. Hiking & biking to waterholes  with waterfalls in Sabino Canyon never gets old, and neither does the ocean and  riding the waves in Encinitas, CA. Diving in Mexico was no comparison to taking  my open water dive certification in the Long Island Sound when I was a teenager.  Art openings, dancing, time in the yard, and time in the kitchen cooking good meals are some other things I do when I’m not creating in the studio.  

Lisa’s Artwork

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Kathleen Arthur

Kathleen Arthur

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Kathleen Arthur
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Fun Facts About the Artist

“I got the idea for my portrait collection when I came across some old paper dolls I played with as a child. When my model requested that her face not be included in the portraits, I knew the paper doll concept could work. The clothes and accessories would define the character. In many ways, my childhood experiences have shaped my artwork today.”

Kathleen Arthur

Kathleen’s Story:

I have been immersed in the arts for as long as I can remember, whether it be visual, literary, or
performing arts. Festivals and shows have always been a big part of my life.

Growing up before computers and the internet were available, much of my free time was spent
creating art. My parents enrolled me in private lessons at the age of 6, sculpting, drawing, and painting.

After graduating from college and launching a career in the legal field, my free time became scarce – and art fell by the wayside. Six years ago, my husband urged me to retire from the legal arena and revisit my creative side.

Since then I have written and illustrated two children’s books and one book for babies. Currently, I am painting a collection of portraits titled You Go, Girl born from the historical paper doll concept, which ideally results in the viewer putting themselves or a loved one in the portrait’s place. The portraits have been very popular, and I plan to add several more to this collection...


Where did you grow up?  

I grew up in the deep South in a subtropical climate where the neighbors all knew each other, and the  river was always running.  

Tell us about your family.  

My family is very supportive of my art. My mom was a teacher, and my dad was in the music business.  When I was younger, even though we lived in the same household, my dad would mail letters to me  written in rebus form, using illustrated pictures in the place of words.  

Do you have pets? If yes, tell us about them.  

We have a dog who loves to sing. He can do lots of tricks like dancing, rolling over, and doing yoga  (downward dog), but his best talent is singing. When I move my arms around like I’m conducting an  orchestra, that really gets him going.  

When did you know that you would be an artist?  

I realized my destiny in 10th grade when my high school English teacher made me stay after school to  wash all the desks, because I supposed she was envious of my ability to draw masterpieces on desks  with a No. 2 pencil.  

What is your favorite media to work with?  

My favorite medium is acrylics, because I like painting in layers. Shrek would say that my paintings are  like onions.  

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do? Or what do you do when you’re not  doing your art?  

I enjoy tandem bicycling with my husband, church activities with my family, and cooking from scratch.  And when the river runs in Tucson, I take pictures – because they last longer. 

Artworks by Kathleen Arthur

Suzanne Villella

Suzanne Villella

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Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Paintings of Suzanne Villella

Suzanne’s Story

I had a wonderful education in the arts at the University of Arizona.  To support myself and my art business after graduation, I worked as a paralegal and sketched and painted during nights and weekends.

My first gallery show was on February 2, 1997, at De Grazia’s Little Gallery, consisting of watercolor paintings inspired by the Missouri Botanical Gardens and the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It was a successful show and I realized…maybe I can be a professional artist!

When I married and was raising our three children and moving our family every couple of years as an Air Force Spouse, my artwork was less of a priority. But I still managed to create and find a gallery for representation wherever we were living in the moment. I also started teaching art to youth, which inspired me to renew my belief in my own painting. I enjoyed numerous shows and gallery representation around the globe.

I am now happily settled in beautiful Tucson and enjoying the many opportunities for artists in Southern Arizona. I am currently the president of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild, a job I perform with love because I am passionate about supporting and growing the arts in Southern Arizona.


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.  It is beautiful part of the Midwest, with four true seasons, great restaurants, many museums, sporting and cultural events to experience. I am the youngest of five siblings – one brother and three sisters.  My parents raised us to secure our own identities, so we are all very different, but very close and connected.  My parents let us try just about anything and instilled work ethic and teamwork.  They taught us to explore the music, arts and other cultures around the planet through travel...

Tell us about your family

Matt and I have been married for 25 years.  He served 26 years flying A-10s in the Air Force and we moved our family 13 times in 20 years.  We have three really cool kids who are young adults.  Catherine is a UA graduate and works as an archeologist.  Anthony is studying biological sciences at ASU.  Olivia is studying exercise and sports science at Colorado State University.  They are pretty cool and well cultured and adapted after many moves and living in Europe for four years.  

Do you have pets, if yes, tell us about them

We have two cute and kinda crazy rescue dogs.  Sandi is 14 years old and was rescued in Vegas.  She and I have walked many miles together over the years!  Supposedly she is pug, beagle and chihuahua.  Romeo is an adorable little 3 year old guy.  We rescued him from PACC who had saved his life and he sticks true to the name they gave him. He is probably chihuahua and minpin. Romeo is a lover and gives amazing hugs.  

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I had a lot of energy as a kid.  I played every sport I could, loved the monkey bars and swing sets, but needed down time and that is when I would sit quietly in my parents basement with art projects.  I had amazing art teachers in high school who lead me to believe I was capable to pursue the arts. I was so dedicated and passionate.  That is when I decided to study the arts at the University of Arizona, and then I had my first solo show at age 27 that was super successful.  

What is your favorite media to work with?

I adore mixed media.  I put a great deal of thought into my creations and which papers make the best sense or add the most intriguing element of excitement or surprise. 

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do (Tom’s way of asking)? Or, what do you do when you’re not doing your art?

I enjoy hiking and biking.  My husband and I are always looking for new recipes because we love to cook.  I can’t go too long without a trip because I enjoy travel and exploring new places.  I am the president of the Southern Arizona Arts Guild because I am passionate about supporting the arts in Southern Arizona.  Recently, I began meditating and joined a book club.  

Paintings By Suzanne Villella

Colton Swiderek

Colton Swiderek

Colton Swiderek 1920 2560 The Tucson Gallery
Colton Swiderek
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Fantastic Rock and Mineral Art of Colton Swiderek

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Colton’s Story

Ever since I was young I had a deep appreciation for art. At the time I didn’t know exactly where it came from, but I knew it came from within. I believe that all of us are born with this need to create, but where does it come from? Scripture says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and that we are made in his image and likeness, so if this is true, which I believe it is, then we are all born to create.

The problem is that we all live in a broken world, and growing up my desire and need to be creative was slowly pulled out from within, and I was pushed and pressured to focus on logic and intellect instead of creativity and imagination. It wasn’t until my early 20’s, living in Los Angeles, pursuing my passion in photography and being surrounded by creatives did I find my creative heart again. It was a transformative time in my life because being surrounded by so many different people of different walks of life, and all of them expressing themselves creatively, I realized that they all had it in common that they created art because they wanted to feel...

Years later I no longer created art with a camera, but with stones from the earth and steel. Although my form of art is different it’s the same narrative that I create because I believe that’s what God created me to do. As I am now a full time artist and have dedicated myself fully to my craft I face the daily challenge of creating art with my heart and mind. So often they’re pitted against each other, but I truly believe that both intellect and imagination are essential in creating good art. 

Living here in Tucson, Arizona with the beautiful support of friends and family and the Tucson Art Gallery I’m pleased to say that although we still live in a broken world and I myself am a broken man, I do my very best in all that I do and strive each day to create genuine, sincere, and authentic art. I love to create, I love to express myself creatively, I love the way art makes me feel; with hope that all that I do is done to the glory of God. 


The Tucson Gallery Asked Each Artist The Same Questions To Get To Know Them Better

Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Naperville specifically until I was 15. My family made a big move to Tucson Arizona where i’ve been since.

Tell us about your family

My wife and I have been married for 3 years and have a beautiful baby boy named Jonah. To start our marriage off we bought an old travel trailer, gutted it, and completely remodeled it. We lived in our little home for a year until my wife got pregnant; she looked me dead in the eyes and said, “I am not having a baby in this camper.” So we said goodbye to the tiny house life. I’d say our freetime is equally split between spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, or eating food.

Do you have pets?

No… but I wish I had a cat.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I’ve always had an admiration for art as well as artists ever since I was little, but not until my mid twenties did it even cross my mind of being a full time artist. In fact even as I began learning and developing my craft at 21 it never crossed my mind that I would spend the rest of my life creating art. I was 25 working as a server by day and creating art in my free time and suddenly out of nowhere I was laid off. I was at a crossroads where I could find another part time job or take a leap of faith into full time pursuing my art. After much prayer and contemplation I realized this was something I had to do. I’d say at that moment in my life I knew I would spend the rest of my days as an artist. 

What is your favorite media to work with?

My favorite media to work with is stone and steel. It’s exciting to me how steel has such an amazing strength to it yet with the right tools has such malleability. I also have the pleasure of working with the most beautiful stones. There’s always a story with a stone, an adventure of who it was mined by and where it came from. 

What do you do when you’re not creating art?

When i’m not creating art I’m probably spending time with my family. We love going on walks, checking out new restaurants, and going on vacation. Honestly since becoming parents, a fun night out is going to Costco, getting a churro, and then being in bed by 7:30 so we can watch a movie and go to bed early.

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