Art Break: Freshly Minted

Written by Sunaina Tandon Category: Arts Issue: May 2017
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Blue, green and everything in between – an artist’s brush glides across the canvas to create a swirl of adventure. Another uses paper to re-create her happy place. Despite their different mediums, these Phoenix-based and Arizona-inspired artists are sharing the spotlight provided by Minted, a San Francisco-based company championing local artists throughout the U.S. by hosting design competitions and selling the winning designs – from stationery to home décor – online. We chatted with three artists with AZ connections about their Minted pieces, which you can order at

— Sunaina Tandon

Denise Wong
“Arizona in Paint” ($44 for a framed 8x8-inch print) was inspired by Arizona’s diverse terrain,” artist Denise Wong says. Though she lives in New York City, Wong enjoyed playing with desert elements in her painting. The turquoise represents the state gemstone and the red-orange background pays tribute to Arizona’s famously picturesque sunsets. “The [elements] may evoke, depending on the viewer, notions of travel, adventure, nature, memories or home,” Wong says.
Christina Encisio
Avondale paper artist Christina Encisio’s Pandercraft foil-pressed stationery set ($49) was inspired by “free forms and organic expressionism,” she says. Encisio wanted to re-create a sense of the feelings associated with a happy memory: “Positive vibes only.”
Kimberly Morgan
The “Snuggling Diamonds” pattern of Gilbert-based interiors designer Kimberly Morgan’s lampshade ($45) was inspired by her personal affinity for simple aesthetics and concentric shapes. “I love fiddling around with basic, simple shapes and trying something new and interesting with them,” Morgan says. “My hope was to hold on to that classic appeal while incorporating a modern and whimsical feel with the addition of the soft scallops and the choice of fresh color palettes.”