Who knew there were so many creative people in the United States of America? The 10 people I’m about to introduce you to are bursting with talent, and are beyond a doubt 10 American artists you need to follow.
10 American Artists You Need to Follow
1. Tina Horton is a photographer and traditional artist from Sacramento, California. From quirky, off-beat sketches to posed and candid portraits that perfectly capture the beauty and personality of her models, it is obvious Miss Horton is incredibly talented. Her work has been featured in local galleries, and she is currently preparing for Comic-Con. Keep this fantastic young artist on your radar!
2. Christopher Sims has been called “one of the new Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. His photography is simple yet powerful; his work that focuses on the war is especially evocative. Theater of War, a project in which Sims photographed the fake Afghan villages used to train U.S. soldiers for war, is not to be missed.
3. If you haven’t picked up a book lately, now is the time to change that. .38 Tales, the recently released novel by Justin White, pits one man against the might of the Irish mafia. Mr. White’s style is fast-paced, gripping, and suspenseful. Keep an eye on this author – he’s just getting started! Check him out at stillevolving.deviantart.com.
4. Dorothy Ami was a preschool teacher before she found her true calling in creating pottery. The Arizona native creates pottery in the traditional Hopi fashion: raising her designs from clay, using sheep dung to fire it, and painting it with a strand of yucca. Her traditional methods coupled with her drive to always challenge herself to create unique pieces make her one to watch.
5. Ethan Koerten is a jack of all trades, expressing his creativity through photography, DJing, and graphic design. He is almost entirely self-taught, making his varied portfolio even more impressive. His photographs capture nature, people, and events in unique and colorful ways. Bookmark ethansmedia.com to keep tabs on this amazing artist.
6. If you’re looking for an artist who is changing the world, look no further than Ashley Wilscam. Miss Wilscam creates beautiful hand-knitted and hand-crocheted pieces and donates them to those in need. The charity she founded, Knitting for Peace, makes hats and scarves to bring warmth and comfort to the homeless. Follow her at mistymountaindesigns.blogspot.com
7. Sharon Su is a California-based graphic designer for whom the issue of women’s rights looms large. Her “Short skirts don’t rape; rapists rape” graphic took tumblr by storm and earned her a story in the Huffington Post. Check out her blog, doodlyroses.blogspot.com, to see what she comes up with next.
8. If you’ve ever watched Say Yes to the Dress, you know who Randy Fenoli is. The fashion director recently got his own show on TLC, Randy to the Rescue. The way he puts together an entire look that reflects the bride’s personality and preferences in just a few short hours is nothing short of amazing. Fashion is a real art, and Randy is an artist to watch.
9. Timothy De La Ghetto (the name he uses on YouTube) already has a following, but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if you joined in. A talented entertainer, Timothy excels at music and comedy. If you need a laugh, make sure to check out his work – I guarantee his videos will brighten your day.
10. Ryan James Yezak is a man on a mission. That mission is equality, specifically for homosexuals. Yezak is most famous for his music videos on YouTube, including the Katy Perry spoof “California Gays.” Now this talented young filmmaker is embarking on an even bigger project: a documentary about the many ways homosexuals are marginalized in America. Subscribe to his YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/RyanJamesYezak) to follow his incredible work.
What do you think Studio 602ers? What other American artists should have made the list? Sound off in the comments below!
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