Sam Gomez

Artist: Sam Gomez 

Medium: Photography

I often capture a manifestation of the Phoenix in the Arizona sky, but this has to be one of the most detailed images that I have caught this year above downtown Phoenix. Then with it ascending made it more magical.

The Phoenix a representation of rebirth, of cycles of life, the highs and lows in life. Being a Phoenician is more than living in an area, it is the representation of a people born into a modern day Tribe.

The countdown to Best of Phoenix continues! Last year, we profiled 100 Creatives who made a mark on the local arts scene. This year, we'll have 100 creative representations of Phoenix.  No scope or requirement on medium or size -- we'll include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, literary, and more. What do you see when you Imagine PHX?

89.  Arnold Guerrero's Camelback Mountain

88.  Sean Deckert's Ginae vs. the 12th Street Gang  

87.  Pete Petrisko's Admiral of Phoenix

86.  Quincy Ross' Lone Skyscraper

85.  Andrew Armstrong's Illustrated Cityscape  

84.  Thomas Schultz's Phoenix Artifact

83.  Adrian Lesoing's N. Evergreen

82.  Suzanne Falk's Kon Tiki Hotel

81.  Lindz Lew's Bon Voyeur

80.  Kevin Patterson's Phoenix Swamp Beast

79.  Ramy Sidarous' Three Windows

78.  Will Mejia's Orpheum Theatre

77.  Steve Weiss' Portrait of Louis Lee

76.  Larry Willis' Apparition on East McDowell

75.  Claire Warden's Untitled No. 3

74.  Randy Zucker's Dancing Saguaro

73.  Robert Brandan Martinez's Medical Cannabis Tax Stamp

72.  Edward Jensen's Phoenix Financial Center

70.  Mark Dudlik's Phoenix Rebound

66.  Eric Iwersen's The Saguaros Have Been Here the Longest

43.  Jill Johnson's Downtown Is ...

39.  Sebastien Millon's "Phoenix. It's Fabulous."

And, hey! It's lunch time. Check out Chow Bella's 100 Favorite Dishes for some foodie inspiration. 

Have a suggestion for a Phoenix icon by a local creative? Leave it in the comments section or email

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