One of our favorite things to do is to ask the folks we are inspired by what they are inspired by. We’ve shared some of their responses below.

Jennifer Miraval | Multimedia Journalist & Producer

In order to answer this question, let me tell you a story. “Miss I’m sorry to bother you, but do you happen to have some spare change?” I looked at him. Like I really looked at him. He was around my age at the time in his mid-20s. He was very thin and his skin was dark from the sun. He was wearing a black cropped fish-net shirt, with black shorts. He had a sense of style to him, and he carried a small bag and a blanket. His voice was genuine, and he was homeless. I don’t know what my expression might have looked like, but he knew I wasn’t afraid of him. Living in Phoenix has opened my eyes and heart to the people who are suffering on the streets. Read more>>

Brandy Kocks | Makeup Artist & Esthetician

I am inspired by the creative community as a whole. I love everything about artistic people and seeing their work and what they’re capable of creating, in any aspect. It is so fascinating to me how someone can take one simple thing, and totally make a masterpiece out of whatever it may be. I always love to support local artists In my community. There’s also something so special about having something that is a custom, original hand made item. Read more>>

Dun’te Marshall-Garcia | Hip-Hop Artist/ Author/ Street Wear Designer

I’m inspired by the natural things that occur in life at times. I appreciate the smallest things when it comes down to it. Sounds funny but i could find inspiration from a babbling bumb on the corner to a baby learning his first steps. Read more>>

Lara Polachek | Acrylic Paint & Resin Artist

The first thing that comes to mind is music. I am always listening to music when I paint and without it have a hard time finding my rhythm. I have an eclectic taste in genres but gravitate towards Acoustic Songwriters and Indie Rock. Right now I have Hozier, Mumford & Sons and Vance Joy on repeat. Also love a good country record and am typically listening to the Highway when I’m in the car. I’m also definitely inspired by other artists. Those who work in my mediums and other forms of art, as well. Read more>>