Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Day 202: John Randall Nelson

Nelson embraces the concept of artist as story teller, a chronicler of contemporary culture. His symbolic amalgamations, which often consist of a central image superimposed over a collage of symbols and text (anything from art criticism to nursery rhymes), make intuitive sense of the inundation that we experience in what Nelson sees as our “over-communicated, how-to world.”

Be Okay

Flying Tit over Kmart

Real Hard and Kind

Wooden Puppets

Young Could Be

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 201: Ryan Quackenbush

was born and raised in Phoenix and have been drawing my whole life. My path has led me to doing commercial illustration and comics. I self-publish my own comic series “Strange Streets” as well as numerous upcoming comics written by other comic writers. I’ve done work for the New Times and local web series doing digital matte painting.

I draw inspiration from painters more than I do comic artists and love impressionism, post-impressionism and expressionism with a preference toward figurative work. I love the idea of capturing the essence and emotion of something all while being weird and trying different techniques and materials. I really value the freedom and experimentation of painting and the technique of commercial illustrators of the last 70 years and apply it to pop culture, movies, music and comics.
Instagram - @ryanquackenbush


Guy Montag


Night of the Hunter


Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 200: Rianna Vilaire

Rianna Vilaire, 38, mother to 3, wife to 1, exwife of 2, daughter of 2, sister to 2, lover of many, terrible at math...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day 199: Kalab Hayes Wood

Hi, my name is Kalab and I have a fascination with the realm between surreal fantasy sci-fi, into expressing ideas for an optimistic future in which humanity succeeds to the stars using our greatest gift.. creativity

instagram: elementalmakercafe


Gateway to Waterfall City

City of the Universe

Rising Suns

Solarian City

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Day 198: Inna Rohr

Inna Rohr was born in 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia  - a small and cozy Baltic country in Northern Europe (Soviet Union then).   Her relationship with art started at an early age with art classes, piano lessons and gymnastics – a pretty standard package for a post soviet girl-child. Being exposed to both Russian and European cultures have played a significant role in her development as an artist. In 2004 she has decided to trade layers of winter clothing for flip flops and move to toasty Arizona, United where she has been living and working ever since. In her work Inna enjoys exploring what it means to be a human being: our frailties, vices, sexuality, downfalls. “I find the continuous process of breaking down and healing to be an infinite source of inspiration and reflection,“ – Rohr says. „When we bare our souls a real conversation happens. Art is a conversation not only between artist and viewer,  but within one’s self.“ Inna’s subjects, themes and pallete are moody, at times even dark, but always with a presence of light, exposing human experiences. It is about fears, insecurities, addictions. It’s about finding spirituality and getting lost on the way, about allowing and exposing, about courage and weaknesses… it’s about being human. Inna works in oils and is obsessed with their buttery texture and workability. When she she is not painting in her studio, she is out dancing Argentine Tango, teaching adults to paint or practicing playing her accordion, aka her main squeeze, Ivan Ivanych.

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I also started a paint'n'sip business called Hues'n'Booze

Blue Madam





Friday, August 18, 2017

Day 197: Brad Cooper

Based out of Cave Creek, AZ and an Arizona native, Brad is a prolific full-time 
artist and designer with over 35 years of creative experience. His works are
influenced by American and Western History with a positive attitude towards the
environment and culture.

“I can remember stepping out of my childhood home and seeing virtually nothing
but colorful desert expanse for as far as the eye could see.”

Brad believes in using a variety of materials to create his intuitive design and
composition, and enjoys working unrestrained to give a more authentic feel to his
modern vintage works.

Many of Brad’s most current pieces and a listing of his upcoming shows can be
viewed on his website at

Black Mountain Guardian

Visions of Dakota



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day 196:David Bradley

I am a ceramic artist and educator, living in Phoenix. Currently, I am professor of ceramics and drawing at Paradise Valley Community College.

Clay is a filter through which I discover, and explore my world. With clay I can create objects which make real the ideas passing through my brain. I like to make images in clay of those things which I am trying to understand, like, why are people afraid of other people? And, what are the most important things in my world? 
    I started on my career as an artist when I was very young, and first found happiness in creating things. Clay became my medium of choice in college and still, after 30 years of intense study, continues to teach and amaze me.
I graduated from La. Tech University in 1976 with a degree in Painting and many elective hours in ceramics, and no idea where to go from there. After graduation, I visited a pottery store in a neighboring town, long known for its old time crockery: Marshall Pottery Co. of Marshall Texas. I got a job there as a potter’s helper, and worked hard to learn their ways of making pottery, till after nine months of practice I was started as an apprentice potter making “dog dishes”! It was a happy day when I got to make dog dishes. But after two months of dog dishes I was ready to move up the line, and I did. I learned how to make all the items on the list up to five gallon capacity butter churns! At the rate of 20 per hour!
    I worked there for two years before deciding to move on. I became worried I wouldn’t be able to make anything but churns and jugs, because my hands knew how so well.
    I was accepted into the Master’s degree program in Ceramics at the University of North Texas, where I learned about the different ways of glazing, firing and appreciating the aesthetics of ceramics developed during the 20th century. This opened my eyes to what ceramics and art itself was about: Ceramics is about more than pottery, and Art is about more than the object which decorates our living room. 
    Since Graduate school I have made a living by teaching all levels about ceramics and Art, and by making objects both utilitarian and sculptural. I relearned the lesson taught by my parents, that Art is about those things which the artist and the community think are important; and that Art provides a way of viewing ourselves and the world in new ways.
My current body of work tries to engage the viewer  through an invitation to touch the clay form in order to create sounds. The means chosen by the viewer will vary, thus causing the sounds elicited to vary. The sounds created become the voice of the sculpture bringing it to life. The purpose of my work is to help me discover the meaning of life and the answer to questions of importance. I am interested in understanding the complexities of interpersonal relationships, and why we as humans, are in conflict with each other and ourselves.

David also co-curated an exhibit of work by 33 Chinese ceramic master artists at the ASU Ceramic Research Center, and led a study abroad trip to Cuba last June and am heading back to Cuba for a month in the fall to interview cuban artists.

Oracle of Trephonious

Homeland Security

AZ Native



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 195: Kara Marshall (Karma Jean Art)

My name is Kara Marshall and my art business is Karma Jean Art. I remember growing up and going to art fairs with my mother and aunt throughout the Midwest. My mother made dried flowered arrangements and my aunt painted anything and everything. I remember enjoying the art, but because it was work for us, I do not recall loving the creative part of it. It was more of a chore, and I had little interest.

After moving to the city, I fell in love with art in middle school. My art teacher helped me discover my passion for it and that continued on into high school. Even though I was told I was not good enough and had my work thrown away, there was a desire deep inside me, and I wanted to pursue it. I did not know how with my own self doubt eating away at my soul.

As a Spanish and Art teacher in Arizona for 6 years, I would use projects and bulletin boards as my creative outlet. I also enjoyed making the examples as well as seeing my students using painting, drawing, cooking and performance as guidance. I was the first to volunteer to make posters or use my artistic skills in any way. I did not realize the joy it brought me to share my art and encourage the students that repeatedly said, 'I can't,' and turning it around to an I can. Little did I realize how much of an impact it had on my life, as I reflect back now.  

After completing a leadership program in 2013, I was able to muster up enough courage and bring 4 paintings I had completed to Bodega, a co-op store located on Roosevelt Row. She put me on the schedule for First Friday Art Walk. I had 2 months to prepare, and I had 12 works to display November 2013. I burnt myself out because, it wasn't until 2 years after, that I finally figured out that I needed to share my talent, not only for myself, but for others who struggle finding their own passion and dream. 

Fast forward to May 2016....I was unable to work as I had an injury that pretty much left me bed ridden for 4 months and away from work for 9 months one year and 5 the next. I knew in my heart, that I needed to ignite my inner Frida Kahlo in order to rekindle the artist within. I could sit for about 10 minutes at a time and this would leave me in bed for 3 days. Slowly and surely, I made myself dig deep and was able to start my self discovery. It wasn't easy. As a matter of fact, I still find some doubt, yet find the courage to keep moving forward. The most difficult thing for me is to create. I can paint or draw anything you put in front of me. I had to figure out how to stop thinking so much and just create. 

I have been painting and drawing more consistently for 2 years now. I entered my first juried art show in 2016 (the first since HS) and was accepted. I entered this past year and was accepted into The Celebration of Artists at the West Valley Art Museum, again. I want to somehow find my niche. I may have a few; who knows. What I do know is that I was given this talent and have to share it. I believe we all have a purpose and mine is to encourage others to find their hidden talent and passion. We all were born with one and certain people and obstacles find a way to block us. I stumble on the same path along with others. Some were given the support and encouragement while growing up and many of us were not. I think we use work and other excuses to cover this up. We all know the saying, 'Money doesn't make you happy.' Deep down, we all know what does. I finally broke down the walls in my way and know everyone has the ability to do the same. 

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On Display

To Paris Avec Amour

Repelling the Ocean-Buddha

Slanted Tree

Sunny Day in London

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 194: Dean Reynolds

Dean Reynolds
Instagram: DeanReynoldsArtist

My work is a mixture of various influences; Surrealism, Illustration, Religion, Mythology, and the writings of Carl Jung and other Jungian psychologists. There is an element of chance in the work in the beginning stages but the overall development is one of careful design and precise construction of the image. The outward impression is one of humor but there is a seriousness that underlies the surface. The overabundance of details is my compulsion for rendering information and to pull the viewer into the work.  The work is posing complex connections and references, like the Surrealist and Jungian psychology, this gives the viewer a path to take to make their own discoveries. To conclude I am conjuring up these works from many elements that reflects the world around myself and the worlds within.

The Cosmic Dharma Bears

The Walker

Psychopomp Manabohzo

Tower of Creation

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 193 Francisco Enuf Garcia

Francisco is self-taught artist from Los Angeles California. He is currently studying fine arts painting at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is an international artist and social entrepreneur that creates murals and artwork that are created with community and contain empowering themes about immigration, justice, faith, and Chicano culture. He has been invited to paint murals all over the U.S., Mexico, India, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, and France.

In 2008, while studying abroad in Mexico, Francisco was inspired and challenged by the work of Los Tres Grandes, the three major figures of the Mexican muralist movement and Frida Kahlo. In 2014 Francisco was invited to attend the International Artist Residency in India. Francisco has created public art across the US and countries such as Mexico, Europe, and India. In 2008 he won the Eric Fischl Vanguard award which recognizes emerging student talent in the fine arts at the Phoenix Art Museum and was extended invitations to speak at the White House. He has created work for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Arizona State University (ASU), Kansas State University (KSU), Arizona Dream Act Coalition ADAC), Underwater Dreams (Film), Spare Parts (Film). Francisco’s art work has been featured in CNN, NBC, PBS, Fox News, Az Family News, Univision, La Voz, Arizona Republic, La Voz, and Phoenix New Times. His experiences include collaborating with different non-profits, art organizations, businesses, and schools. Francisco is passionate about celebrating culture, creating cultural events for the community and working with diverse groups of youth throughout the country.

Mural that was painted in Parc De Bercy in Paris