Artists

Courtney Christie

Courtney Christie

Courtney Christie 2000 1010 The Tucson Gallery
Courtney Christie
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Courtney Christie

Courtney’s Story

Though I grew up in Southern California, I moved to Tucson, Az at a young age, and it’s always felt more like home. I went to the University of Arizona, twice, where I received two degrees; a B.S. in Government and Public Policy, and a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The natural sciences definitely resonated much deeper with me, and I decided to pursue a career in Conservation Biology.

Though my long term career goal was initially fieldwork and research, I was fortunate to get a position as a Zookeeper in Herpetology, where I’ve gained so much knowledge through mentors and piers, have met many amazing people, have had opportunities to attend and speak at conferences, lead field trips, go on trips to do fieldwork and find endangered species, and in addition to working with tons of incredible animals on a daily basis, I also get to teach visitors and share my passion for the Sonoran Desert.

Through this job, my second degree, and the countless hours spent in the field on hiking adventures, I fell in love with the natural history and biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert which has become the largest influence on my art. In art, my goal is to capture the overlooked beauty, hidden talents, mystery, and importance of more obscure creatures that can be found in the Sonoran Desert. While most people are well aware of more charismatic species like mammas and birds, I’ve made it my mission to share the not-so-obvious beauty that can be found in the little guys that are just beneath our feet...


Where did you grow up?

My earlier childhood was spent in Southern California, but my family moved to Tucson, AZ when I was barely a teenager, so Tucson feels more like home.

Tell us about your family

I moved to AZ with my mom and sisters when I was younger, and the rest of my family lives in CA. My mom, sisters, and their partners all currently live in Tucson. I’m enjoying the single life with my pets at home.

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

Yes, two cats— Mushu and Neo— who are my loves, and 10 snakes— mostly Carpet pythons (a species from Australia).

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I’ve always enjoyed art from a young age and my mom said I would be an artist someday. I remember creating detailed drawings for book reports in second grade, and I continued drawing until I reached college. College put a damper on my creative spirit due to lack of time, and I didn’t revisit art until I graduated. I started exploring painting around that time, and though it was very irregular over the following years, I picked it up again and have been creating art somewhat consistently for the past decade. Only in the past few years did I decide to pursue art as more than a hobby, and create on a regular basis with intention to share it with others.

What is your favorite media to work with?

I love working with acrylic paint, and I recently picked up markers a few years ago as an experimental side project. Though it was a steep learning curve initially, I improved my skills over the following years, and not only do I love using markers now, but all of my stickers and invertebrate art have been created using this medium! I also sketch and occasionally mess with watercolors.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I’m not creating art I’m at my job working with reptiles and invertebrates, hiking, at the gym, reading, learning piano, baking, spending time with my kitties, and during the summer I enjoy Blacklighting (for moths) and looking for reptiles.

Amber Pierson

Amber Pierson

Amber Pierson 2560 789 The Tucson Gallery
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Amber Pierson
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Amber Pierson

Amber’s Story

The mesmerizing charm of the Desert Southwest has captured my heart completely. The interplay of its enchanting light, resplendent colors, and profound cultural history serves as an endless source of inspiration for my paintings. Among the various artistic mediums at my disposal, I find myself wholly enchanted by the Colored Pencil. This versatile medium seamlessly merges my love of both drawing and painting, enabling me to express my passion with finesse and grace.

I hope you are as enchanted by the Southwest as I am.

Please find me at:
Website: Amberpierson.artspan.com
Instagram and Etsy: apersonsart

My motto: Nothing has more possibilities than where colors land!..


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Toronto, Canada

Tell us about your family

My parents are both Dutch. My mother was born almost smack in the middle of Amsterdam. My father was born in Indonesia when it was still a Dutch Colony. Unlucky for him he, was there when the Japanese invaded, and spent almost four years in Japanese Concentration camp. Dutch was actually my first language. My parents immigrated to Canada a year before I was born. I come from a very artistic family on my mom’s side. Both my Grandfather and Uncle were famous artists in the Netherlands. My Uncle had some work in the Portrait Gallery of the famous Rijksmuseum. My cousins are all well known artists as well. I am married and have two children. My oldest is a tech guy in San Francisco and my youngest is Jeweler in Tucson (Austin Pierson Jewelry). He also has some pieces in this Gallery. My husband is now retired, he worked in the mining business.

Fun fact, we met in Colombia South America, I was teaching and he was working in the mine. He is a Tucson native. That’s how I ended up living here and I love it!

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

Yes! We have two dogs. Oreo is an English Pointer, and is getting on in years, yet can still drag me down the street. Radar is a Papillion and spoiled rotten! He always wants to play.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I have always wanted to be an artist. I just had a lot of competition in my family and never felt good enough. I wanted to go to the Ontario College of Art, but wasn’t accepted. I was accepted at Sheridan College and York University for art. I chose to study Illustration at Sheridan College and did not like it at all. I was worried about feeding myself so I went into teaching instead. I continued drawing and took as many art courses as I could throughout my career. One day I had enough..quit my teaching job and decided to pursue my passion. Life is too short not to enjoy yourself!

What is your favorite media to work with?

My favorite Medium is the Colored Pencil. I love to draw and paint. This medium gives me the opportunity to draw in color. I call it drawpainting. The colored pencil is detail orientated and not a fast process, but I find it soothing. Occasionally I will combine it with other mediums such as inktense pencils, watercolors or the air brush.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I am not doing my art I enjoy the outdoors. I like to walk and hike. I also enjoy camping, fishing and traveling. I have a vegetable garden and am an avid lap swimmer.

Camila Ibarra paints a majestic castle scene on a large canvas at her studio, focused and absorbed in her art.

Camila Ibarra

Camila Ibarra 2560 1707 The Tucson Gallery
Camila Ibarra smiling in a selfie, with a background hinting at her colorful art studio.
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Camila Ibarra

Camila’s Story

Camila’s painting of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” was sold on Parent Teacher Night before her parents could see it. It was her first painting ever, hung alongside those of the other 9-year-olds from the same third-grade class. From there, she couldn’t see her life without art.

Growing up as a first generation Mexican-American in a low-income household, Camila felt motivated to work toward being awarded a free ride to University, so she spent many long days at school picking up extracurricular activities. Regardless of the activity, she found ways to set herself apart through her art. When the cafeteria ladies asked the student council to paint the building red, the committee leader recommended Camila paint a mural instead. The school posters, sports banners, and anything related to paper, markers, and paint, were left in Camila’s hands, and she loved it.

Her love for art spoke to many people, inspiring them to ask Camila for custom pieces. Over time, small art pieces turned large. Camila is now building her portfolio with colorful murals in Mexican restaurants, private backyards, and more. She also creates personal canvas pieces, in hopes that other people feel a sense of joy and relationship to them as well. Publications of her artwork include The NY Times, the HBO show “Betty”, Arizona Daily Star, and more...


Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, a place that has always been close to my heart. It’s where my journey with art began, from my early days in school to painting murals around the city. Tucson’s vibrant culture and the support of my local community have been instrumental in my development as an artist.

Tell us about your family

I am blessed to be the fifth of six children in our lively household. My mother, a phenomenal chef, single-handedly raised us, filling our home with love and the most delicious meals. She’s my rock, having supported every art event I’ve participated in. I owe my resilience and passion to her. My siblings, especially Christian, are a source of endless laughter and joy, keeping our family bond strong and spirited.

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

Currently, I don’t have pets. My busy schedule of creating art, spending time with family, and traveling doesn’t leave much room for furry companions. But I cherish the vibrant and lively energy similar to what a pet would bring into my life.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I knew I was destined to be an artist since the third grade, at the age of 9. That’s when my first painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” was sold. That moment was pivotal; it wasn’t just about the sale, but the realization that my art could evoke emotions and connect with others on a deeper level.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Oil paint is my favorite medium. It allows me to express the vibrancy and depth of my experiences and inspirations. The texture and richness of oil paint help me bring my ideas to life in a way that resonates with the emotions I wish to convey in my artwork.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I’m not immersed in my art, I love to engage in activities that rejuvenate my body and spirit. Lifting weights gives me a sense of strength and discipline, while easy hikes allow me to connect with nature and find new inspirations. Spending quality time with my family and exploring new places on short weekend trips are also essential parts of my life that keep me grounded and inspired.

Damon Leverett

Damon Leverett

Damon Leverett 568 426 The Tucson Gallery
Damon Leverett
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Wonderful Artwork of Damon Leverett

Damon’s Story

Damon Leverett, AIA, is an architect, artist, and educator based in the southwest region of the United States. He is a former Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and a current Adjunct Lecturer with the College of Information at the University of Arizona, where he teaches architecture design, building technologies, installation design, and computing in the arts. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, he served there as an Adjunct Instructor for its School of Architecture and Design from 1990 to 2001. He established further engagements as a Visiting Lecturer of Architectural Design at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign School of Architecture. Damon also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Web Design and New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Damon works in digital alchemy, combining colorful abstract themes with cybernetic painting styles and creative printmaking. His recent works have received recognition from the Helvetart competition, where he took third place in January 2024 for his work “Spatial Delivery 2”. He also received an honorable mention in the Manifest Gallery exhibition in 2019 for his work “Red Room.” Early in his career, Damon worked in abstract acrylic paintings. However, he garnered the most attention for his work in three-dimensional assemblages in glass and metal. Damon has exhibited at the Detroit Artist Market and The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, and was an accepted exhibitor at the 3rd Biannual Exhibit of Architecture in Sau Palo, Brazil, in 1998. Originally from Detroit, he currently resides in Tucson, Arizona...


Where did you grow up?

Detroit, Michigan, is where my artistic journey first began. It’s a city with a rich cultural tapestry that has always been a source of inspiration for me.

Tell us about your family

I’m the middle of two brothers, and together, we shared dreams of how creativity would shape our lives and the world around us. Family has always been a cornerstone of support for my artistic endeavors. Now, I reside in East Tucson with my wife, Amelia Clark, who is a talented glass artist herself.

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

While I have a deep affection for animals, I haven’t had the privilege of sharing my life with a furry friend. My creativity and teaching have been my constant companions.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

My journey into the world of art ignited at the tender age of seven. It all began with pencil sketching, and I quickly discovered the immense joy of self-expression through art. This spark has grown into the vibrant flame that fuels my creativity today.

What is your favorite media to work with?

In recent times, I’ve found my artistic focus in the digital realm and graphic art. The endless possibilities offered by technology have opened up new avenues for my creativity, allowing me to explore and experiment in exciting ways.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I’m not immersed in my own creative pursuits, I channel my passion for the arts into teaching. At the University of Arizona, I have the privilege of guiding students through the fascinating realm of “Computing and the Arts.” It’s a rewarding experience to share knowledge and inspire budding artists to explore their potential.

Artworks by Damon Leverett

Ykia Turner

Ykia Turner

Ykia Turner 990 854 The Tucson Gallery
Ykia Turner
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Fantastic Paintings of Ykia Turner

Photo Gallery

Ykia’s Story

I’m Ykia Turner, a Tucson native whose artistic journey began as a little girl wielding pencils and sketchbooks. In 2020, I dove into the captivating world of acrylic and oil paintings, but it was the discovery of resin art that truly stole my heart. My art now mirrors the breathtaking beauty of a Geode crystal, a dazzling fusion of colors and textures.

Originally from Arkansas, my family and I made Tucson our home when I was just three years old. I share this vibrant desert life with two Persian cats, Deja and Demarcus, and my 13-year-old daughter, a budding artist herself. Art has been my passion since I was eight when I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer.

While I dabble in various artistic mediums, acrylics hold a special place in my heart. When I’m not creating art, I’m a hairstylist who loves spending time with my daughter and friends, whether it’s exploring, creating together, or simply savoring life’s beautiful moments. My art is not just my craft; it’s my joy, and I’m thrilled to share it with you...


Where did you grow up?

I’m a Tucson native, born and raised right here in the heart of Arizona.

Tell us about your family

My roots trace back to Arkansas, but my family embarked on a journey to Tucson when I was just 3 years old. We’ve grown since then – I have two wonderful sisters, a brother, and a bundle of nieces and nephews. In the midst of it all, there’s my 13-year-old daughter, who’s inherited my artistic spirit and creativity.

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

My home is graced by the presence of two charming Persian cats. There’s Deja, a delicate white and grey lady, and then there’s Demarcus, a vivacious orange and white gentleman. They bring an extra touch of artistry to my life.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

The seed of artistry was planted in me when I was just 8 years old. Back then, I began sketching designs of clothing because I dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. Little did I know that my creative journey would lead me to explore so many other captivating artistic forms.

What is your favorite media to work with?

While I adore experimenting with various art forms, acrylics have a special place in my heart. The vibrant colors and versatile nature of acrylic paints allow me to bring my artistic visions to life with remarkable flexibility.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

Beyond my artistry, I’m a skilled hairstylist. I also cherish spending quality time with my 13-year-old daughter and close friends. Whether we’re creating art together or simply enjoying life’s moments, these connections are an integral part of my world.

Rob Waters

Rob Waters

Rob Waters 1280 960 The Tucson Gallery
Rob Waters
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Artwork of Rob Waters

Rob’s Story

Rob Waters is a Southern California native, now living in Tucson, AZ. He has been drawing since childhood, and painting since art school days. His subject matter is mostly landscape, the human form and still life. Rob paints and draws from life and from his personal photos in studio.

He did undergraduate studies at Pt. Loma College, San Diego; studied illustration at the highly regarded Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA; participated in drawing groups, such as The Art Students League, NYC; the Palette and Chisel, Chicago; the Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ. Privately collected across the U.S. Rob is also an award-winning, Graphic Designer in Marketing/Promotions. Select clients include: WK Kellogg Company, HSBC Bank, Murad Skin Care, Southwest Airlines, JP Morgan Chase and Company, Joffrey Ballet and United States Postal Service. He has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, Christie’s Auction House, Ventana Medical Systems (Roche Molecular) and Arizona Public Media...


Where did you grow up?

I’m a SoCal native, originally from Ontario, California. That’s where my artistic journey began, under the warm California sun.

Tell us about your family

I had the privilege of growing up in a family of four. My mom, a remarkable 101 years old and still going strong, and my dad, who sadly passed away in 2015, provided a loving and supportive environment. My brother now resides in North Carolina with his wife, Sally. We had our fair share of adventures, and their support played a crucial role in my artistic pursuits. Today, my immediate family consists of my partner, Robert, and myself. We’ve been on quite the ride together for 37 years, and we’re far from done with our adventures.

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

While we don’t have any furry companions at the moment, we used to share our lives with two magnificent Bengal cats. We said our goodbyes to the last one in June of 2023, and we still carry his memory with us. That Bengal left paw prints on our hearts that we’ll never forget.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

My journey as an artist began with a childhood love for drawing. Back then, I couldn’t predict where this passion would take me. Formal training at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, honed my skills. I spent years as a Graphic Designer, but I never lost my connection to drawing. It wasn’t until I rekindled my love for painting in 2005 that I truly embraced the title of an artist. Painting allowed me to explore my deep-seated love for oil, watercolor, and drawing.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Choosing a favorite artistic medium is like picking a favorite star in the sky – each shines uniquely. The immediacy of pen and ink sketchbook drawings always fascinates me. Watercolor, oil on canvas, and drawing have all brought me immense fulfillment over the years.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

Life outside my art studio is a colorful tapestry of interests. I’m a partner in culinary adventures with Robert, where he’s the chef extraordinaire, and I play the role of the trusty sous chef. Music has always been a part of my life; I used to be a singer and embraced choral work. Now, I’m content being an appreciative audience member, especially when it comes to musical theater. I even make pilgrimages to NYC to savor the magic of live theater. Museums and their world of visual arts captivate me. Traveling and seeking new experiences to expand my horizons keeps me engaged. Staying active and on the move is second nature to me – there’s always an adventure waiting to be had.

Artworks by Rob Waters


Aneta Hebrova

Aneta Hebrova

Aneta Hebrova 1536 2048 The Tucson Gallery
Aneta Hebrova
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Incredible Work of Aneta Hebrova

Essence of Tucson – The Story

Essence of Tucson - the story-
Purchase Essence of Tucson – the story – Available at Tucson Gallery on March 2nd

Aneta’s Story

Aneta Hebrova holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Management from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czechia. Following her graduation, she gained valuable experience during her tenure at the consulting company Deloitte. However, her passion for sustainable living emerged, leading her to co-author the Prague Green City Guide in 2016. Since 2017, Aneta has been thriving as a freelance research and marketing consultant, which led her on a business trip to Arizona in 2018. In 2024, she added the title of author to her repertoire with the publication of “Essence of Tucson, -the story-”


Where did you grow up?

Aneta grew up in the town of Hradec Kralove, an hour away from the capital Prague, where they later moved. Her mom worked in finances, and her father was a journalist. When she was a child, she spent a lot of time at her cottage in the countryside, where they grew food and were surrounded by forests and nature. She would climb trees, shoot with an airgun, and play cowboys and Indians with her brother and friends.

Tell us about your family

Above

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

No

When did you know that you would be an artist?

Aneta’s journey into writing began unexpectedly at the age of 22 when a tarot reader pointed out the “Writing” card at the center of her life journey. Initially skeptical, as her background was in business and economics, the seed was planted. The idea for the first book, Prague Green City Guide, which she co-authored, came to fruition later, marking a significant milestone in her writing journey.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Her inspiration to become a writer stems from a deep-seated passion for storytelling, recognizing it as the oldest method through which people connect, share, and exchange information. She firmly believes in the transformative power of books to inspire and enrich lives, fostering intelligence and understanding. Additionally, she sees writing, especially keeping a diary, as a therapeutic practice that helps navigate life’s challenges. Both writing and reading serve as invaluable tools for personal growth and self-discovery.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

Apart from writing, she enjoys traveling, sports, exploring, and learning about psychology, business, marketing and literature.

Ralph Philabaum

Ralph Philabaum

Ralph Philabaum 1000 665 The Tucson Gallery

Ralph’s Story

My name is Ralph Philabaum, my wife and I own Philabaum Professional Painting (P3), a small Commercial / Residential repainting company. Previously I was a Union Journeyman painter in Local 159 Las Vegas, NV. and Local 300 Seattle, WA., as well as working for Dunn-Edwards Paint for 20 years. P3 recently did the ticketbooth restoration and lobby paint at the Rialto theatre next door to The Tucson Gallery.


Where did you grow up?

Craycroft and 29th St. Tucson, Arizona

Tell us about your family

I have been Married for 44 years, my wife and I met cruising Speedway when we were 17. We have two Sons.

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

Yes, I have 3 dogs. Fig, a Pit, Boxer, Lab mix, 50lbs. and the Alpha. Olive, not sure here, maybe a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Corgi mix. She is 90 lbs. with really short legs and afraid of everything. Cherri is the baby, weighing in at just over a hundred pounds, she is a Husky, Malamute mix and can look me in the eye when she stands on her back legs. I don’t know if you have ever owned a Husky, they are really hairy, we call her The Big Fluff. When she sheds, dog hair can be a condiment at our house. All are rescues...

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I guess when I painted a giant shark on my bedroom ceiling when I was 10 years old. I have drawn for as long as I can remember, did graphic art, like silkscreening, but I didn’t start painting until last year.

What is your favorite media to work with?

Mixed media, watercolor and ink so far.

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

When I am not working or painting, I like to work in my garden, or on the never ending remodel of my home, but my favorite thing is going to Rocky Point, MX. , beach camping and snorkeling.

Artworks by Ralph Philabaum


Steven Bye

Steven Bye

Steven Bye 590 442 The Tucson Gallery
Steven Bye
Tucson Gallery is Proud to Feature the Artworks of Steven Bye

Steven’s Story

From the serene landscapes of Marquette, Michigan, where I first opened my eyes to the world, to the vibrant and culturally rich city of Tucson, Arizona, my journey has been nothing short of a canvas painted with diverse experiences and colorful memories. Born to parents attending college on the G.I. Bill, my early years were imbued with an appreciation for education and the arts.

My path toward becoming an artist was somewhat predestined. As a seven-year-old, I found myself enamored with the artistry of comic book characters, sketching them with a fervor only a child’s passion can fuel. This initial fascination blossomed into sketching portraits of my family members, eventually paving the way for me to delve into painting by the time I reached 8th grade. From then on, my love for the arts has never waned...

I pursued my passions academically as well, majoring in Art and English at The University of Alabama. My journey didn’t stop at just being a student of art; I took on the mantle of a mentor, teaching High School Art, English, and Science in various states, from Alabama and Michigan to New Mexico and Arizona. For a few summers, I also shared my knowledge and passion for art as a studio art teacher at a liberal arts college.

Tucson has been my home for the past 17 years, where I live with my supportive wife, Nancy. Our shared love for art has taken us on numerous adventures, attending Gallery Shows across states from Florida and Alabama to New Mexico and California. These travels have not just been explorations but a source of inspiration for my work.

Over the years, my artistic journey has taken many forms. From ceramics, photography, and jewelry to writing novels—currently working on my fourth—I’ve allowed my creativity to flow seamlessly through various mediums. My latest project involves transforming a catalog of sketches, inspired by years of traveling, into paintings.

Versatility has always been my forte when it comes to choosing a medium to work with. Whether it’s the stroke of a brush on a canvas or the crafting of words on a page, the joy lies in the creative process itself.

When I’m not immersed in my art, Nancy and I continue our explorations, delving into the beauty of life and celebrating each moment. It’s this same joy and celebration that I strive to capture in my art, a reflection of a life fully lived and cherished.


Where did you grow up?

 I was born in Marquette, Michigan.  My parents were going to college in Marquette  on the G.I. Bill..

Tell us about your family

I’ve lived in Tucson for 17 years with my wife Nancy. We’ve travelled to  Gallery Shows in Florida, Alabama, New Mexico, Michigan, California and Arizona. My wife Nancy is an Interior Designer. We have two children, Sara and Ryan and a son-in-law Brian. Two grandchildren Maren and Eli.

When did you know that you would be an artist?

I started drawing comic book characters when I was seven. Then doings sketches of family members. Started painting in the 8th grade and never stopped. I attended The University of Alabama as an Art/English major. I taught High School Art/English/Science in Alabama, Michigan, New Mexico, and Arizona. For a few years I taught studio art at liberal arts college during the summer. I’ve always been a practicing artist and 15 years ago I started writing novels. I’m working on my fourth novel now. I’ve done work in ceramics, photography, and jewelry over the years. Lately I’ve working on  a catalog of sketches that I’m transferring to paintings from years of traveling

What is your favorite media to work with?

I have been versatile with media and enjoy the creative process! 

What do you do when you’re not doing the voodoo that you do?

We travel, explore and celebrate life.

Artworks by Steven Bye

Brian Dahl

Brian Dahl

Brian Dahl 1200 1500 The Tucson Gallery

Brian Dahl’s Story:

I am Theguywhodancesoncongress and my name is Brian Dahl. I dance at bars/nightclubs next to the DJ. I’m always dancing with Positive Vibes Only and Power Of Positivity. My intent is to get people to relax and allow themselves to dance freely and have fun!

I Started dancing at Congress with friends when I hit the legal age to go to bars but it wasn’t til about 2 maybe 3 years ago when I started to be a regularly a few nights a week when DJ Humphouse was djing and after a while I would be up on stage talking to him about how work/business was going. I would start dancing up on stage with him djing and when I was out and about town people started recognize ing me as Theguywhodancesoncongress. Humphouse and I thought I should run/dance with it. I changed my social media presents by changing my name and grabbing a lot of the social media handles with Theguywhodancesoncongress. Then whenever Humphouse or DJ BobReilly DJ’d I would be dancing on stage hyping/entertaining the crowd. I took simple steps to brand myself by making stickers with my hash tag and with my name. I passed those out when I danced...

I actually started dancing when I was a kid. The first time I remember dancing in front of people was when I was about 4 years old at the Scottsdale’s Fashion Square mall when a local group was playing back round music and I just started dancing in front of them. Another time was for a radio contest I believe I was around age 5 years old. My dad was driving me to school and we were listening to the radio and there was a contest you have to be caller 7 and be willing to do something in front of people and make blank amount of $. So my dad pull over to a 7/11 and he used their pay phone and they said to dance and have a hat out for tips. So I dance and people gave us money and end up winning a pizza party. Then in middle school I started to take ballet to improve my eye-hand-foot eye coordination for soccer.

The first hash tag I started with is #positivevibesonly (link to #PVO blog post). The reason I use Positive Vibes Only for my main logo and slogan is because there is too much negativity in the world. To me Positive Vibes Only reminds me that negativity won’t drag me down or be negative to others. It’s not saying I can’t have negative feelings but I don’t want to have that emotion that long. The other hash tag I use is #Powerofpositivity (link to #POP blog post). Why I picked Power of Positivity for my second logo and slogan. I believe there is so much power in being positive. I see positivity as a privilege and a super power. Through some of my experiences I have learn that I GET TO do stuff, not HAVE TO. Get to is a positive and have to is a negative. It’s my privilege to be positive or negative. So I pick to be positive. It’s the Power of Positivity.

I don’t usually talk about this that much but I’m now over 8 years sober. I wouldn’t change the past for a minute. I have met so many great people and have had so many great experiences, but it was the right decision for myself to stop drinking because probably if I kept on the same path I would have killed myself. I wasn’t truly happy. So 6 years ago I quit alcohol cold turkey. It wasn’t easy by any means. I had to stop hanging out with friends and going out to bars and parties for about 6 months to a year before I felt comfortable with myself. To be in control of not drinking and falling to peer pressure. I’m now out 3-4 nights a week dancing at bars/clubs. I now feel I have the mental power not to fall to the pressure, but I do take it a day at a time. What really has helped me is finding hobbies outside of drinking like reading, hiking, walking, working out, playing soccer, and Pokémon go. So know if you want to stop or feel like you need to stop drinking then you should stop or get help to stop. There are so many resources and people out there to help you stop if you want to. I BELIEVE IN MYSELF and I BELIEVE IN YOU.

I read a lot of self-help and business books. I don’t normally tell everyone this but I’m dyslexic. When I was little I didn’t like reading and I try everything to get out of it. I had to have tutors and extra help to learn reading. I even got tested for dyslexia, so I could get more help during collage. I made a decision about 8 years ago to read 60 books in one year because that’s what a e average CEO read plus it would put you in the top 3% of readers. I ended up with reading 63 book all self-help and business books. For me it was no easy feat because it takes me a lot longer to read than the normal person. I easily read over 10,000 hours that year. So know that if you really want something go for it. You and your mind can do amazing things. I BELIEVE IN YOU!

From reading I realize I needed to work on myself constantly and consistently. Here are a few habits I have been working on: understanding the other person’s point of view by actually listening and asking questions, being positive almost all of the time but allowing myself to go through the process of being negative/angry but for only a few minutes/seconds. I’m learning to keep moving and pivot when life throws me curveballs. I really hope I’m not the only person taking a look at their mental health and working on it.

I’m always interested to work with like minded people who are looking to grow their business/themselves. I’m currently have partnerships with Donutbar Tucson (@donutbartucson), Eegees (@eegees), Performance Lab (@perforancelab), and Cream Design & Print (@creamforever). I have also collaborated with Qmulative (@qmulative), Rudy Flores (@rudyf222), and Enegie Studio (@enegiestudio). If your looking to book me or collaborate email me at [email protected] or message me on Facebook or Instagram but messages might take longer to get back to you than email.


Where did you grow up? 

Tucson, Arizona

Tell us about your family 

Father Kevin Dahl, Mother Barbara Miller

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

John Snow (Cat), Bella (Dog)

When did you know that you would be an artist ?

After I started Theguywhodancesoncongress

What is your favorite media to work with? 

Instgram

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

Dancing, working out, pokemon go, hiking, working at a school

    Contact Tucson Gallery