Arizona artist spotlight: Tiesha Harrison

Published: 03/02/2024

Meet Phoenix-based artist Tiesha Harrison featured in our Public Art of Greater Phoenix Exhibit

What do you love most about being an artist in Greater Phoenix?

As an artist in Greater Phoenix, I love the vibrant creative community and diverse opportunities for collaboration. Whether it’s exploring local galleries, joining community events, or connecting with other artists in the community, there’s always something inspiring happening here like the Superbowl, First Fridays, Plays, etc. Being in Greater Phoenix allows me to grow as an artist, surrounded by support, collaborations and opportunities to share my work with the community.

What role do you think arts and culture plays in our community as a whole?

Arts and culture are more than just ways to express ourselves; they’re tools for change, growth, and unity. From colorful murals to First Fridays to lively music events, arts and culture bring our neighborhoods to life, uniting people through monthly events with a goal to build a stronger and more inclusive community for everyone.

What advice do you have for artists wanting to get involved in the local art scene?

For artists who are looking to dive into the local art scene, my advice would be: JUMP RIGHT IN! I believe the local art scene is welcoming and there is room for everyone to share their talents and collaborate. There are many organizations such as GPEC, Artlink, Local First, Department of Phoenix Arts and Culture, etc. that have programs for artists to thrive. I would recommend to view these options and apply for opportunities.

What famous artist, deceased or living, would you most want to have dinner with, and what local restaurant would you take them to?

I would love to have dinner with the renowned artists Basquiat and Cy Twombly. Dinner at Wren and Wolf would inspire vibrant abstract wolf paintings and landscapes after our meet.

When you’re in a creative slump, where do you turn to for artistic inspiration?

To prevent creative blocks, I find inspiration in music, dancing, uplifting podcasts, journaling, walking in nature and studying abstract artists’ artwork. There is something about creative freedom that lift my spirits and spark new ideas. Majority of my work is based on intuition, emotion and tons of dancing in my studio, ultimately helping me prevent creative blocks and rediscover my artistic flow.

Contact Tiesha:

Instagram | Website

I AM “Eternal Truth”
Mixed Media
48″ x 48″






I AM “Eye Catching”
Mixed Media
24″ x 30″






I AM “Gratified Stillness”
Mixed Media
24″ x 30″





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Editor’s Note: This blog has been lightly edited for length and clarity.