Saturday, May 27, 2017

Day 114:Lauri Kaye


Lauri Marks Kaye has worked professionally as an artist since graduating from Parsons School Of Design, NYC in 1992. She first landed a job as assistant art director at Rolling Stone Magazine and eventually moved on to become art director at NSI Design, NY, fulfilling art and design projects for local and corporate clients including AT&T and Scientific American. Eventually, Kaye began freelancing building up a client list that would enable her to launch her design firm, Sun Design, Inc. The artists at the new design studio worked on a wide range of creative design projects...the favorite being the art and design for two large theme restaurants, Jekyll & Hyde and Night Gallery. During these impressionable year Kaye was inspired to work on a business plan that would lead to opening her own restaurant where she could use her art and design skills as well as her joy of cooking, and feeding the public delicious healthy meals. 

In the spring of 1998, Kaye packed her jeep with all of her worldly possessions from Manhattan and traveled the long route to the southwest. Her professional intention was to open a restaurant serving creative american fare where artists would be able to exhibit and sell their work. From this endeavor Create Cafe & Catering, Inc. was born and opened inTucson in 1999 fulfilling these dreams and so much more...remaining open for 13 years. 

Lauri Kaye had been continuously building her fine arts portfolio and applied for non-profit status for a new business venture called Create ForThe People, Inc.The mission was to do original and commissioned artwork where all of the profits go to charity. She created an artistic service called “a portrait story” providing hand drawn customized portraits with subjects ranging from people, pets, businesses to current events. Clients complete a questionnaire in order to obtain interesting and relevant information about the “subject”.All of the information as well as an image/s are woven together to create a truly unique piece of art that tells a story. 100% the profits go to charities, mostly here inTucson, including the Humane Society. 

The following works of art consist of a variety of hand drawn line portraits with subjects ranging from Tucsonans, a rescue dog, news events, celebrities, and events.After researching or interviewing the “subject”the portrait story is drawn incorporating this information as well as images into the art with archival pigment on paper, scanned and at times digitally altered. Color is also performed digitally when requested and/or deemed appropriate.The “Story” can be added at the bottom of the piece which is an engaging way for the observer to look for items within the art. 

It would be fantastic to create a series of animal portrait stories each one with their own 2-4 sentence story at the bottom of the artwork! 

Take Good Care, 

Lauri Kaye

Artist Statement
I love the freedom of adulthood empowering me to unlearn all of the rules of childhood especially the anecdotal “do not talk to strangers” For instance, I see the same man selling newspapers at the same time of day on the same corner for years. Finally, I roll down my car window look at him in the eyes and say “hello”, pull over and listen as he shares his humorous and at times heart breaking history. Everyday encounters such as this leave me absolutely bursting with enthusiasm to have them captured and recorded visually and textually. This man on the street, like all of us is a teacher and a treasure which I want to share with the world. So with my sketchbook and a couple of micron pens I get busy. In the same “unlearning” vain, I let the lines and shapes of the man and our visit flow in permanent ink. No pencils, no longer able to erase or worry about “mistakes” Information gathered from our chat are woven into the drawing then layered with vibrant colors and textures drawn out from photographs and digital art. At last colored ink fuses on top of brushed metal with some final strokes of the mighty micron pen. The “icing on the cake” is returning to them, and surprising them with a gift — a portrait filled with the stories that came tumbling out when we first met. I call these colorful journalistic line drawings Portrait Stories.

Gates Pass-A Tucson Portrait Story

Frank's Salsa-A Tucson Portrait Story 

El Tour-A Portrait Tucson Story

Joe on 4th-A Portrait Tucson Story

Three Generations of Tohono O'Oodham

Press Release

 Media contact: Lauri Kaye 

Tucson International Airport Exhibits First Installment of “A TUCSON PORTRAIT STORY” 

Tucson, Ariz. (Feb. 6, 2017) Tucsonans and tourists flying into TIA are in for a pleasant surprise from February 6, 2017 through March 16, 2017 as Tucson artist Lauri Marks Kaye exhibits 20 works of art (the first half of 40+ pieces) from her series, “A Tucson Portrait Story” in the Upper Link Gallery at the Tucson International Airport. 

“A Tucson Portrait Story” is a collection of more than 40 drawings depicting people, places, and events that make Tucson extraordinary, in Kaye’s unique style. These include Tucson icons – like Gates Pass, the DeGrazia Mission in the Sun, Hotel Congress, The Loft Cinema, University of Arizona Sports and monsoon rains – along with insightful portraits of Tucson’s diverse population, from street musicians to waitresses. 

Kaye’s “portrait stories” are continuous line drawings that weave in meticulous details about her subjects in a style that feels a bit like a throwback to ’60s pop art, but with her own original twist. Each piece hollers for attention with its graphic journalistic style, color components and at times both heart wrenching and hysterical subject material. Plan on hunkering down and taking time with each piece as they are filled to the brim with nuanced symbols and textual references. 

While studying at Parsons School of Design in New York City, Kaye worked as assistant art director at Rolling Stone Magazine. She graduated in 1992 and was hired as art director at NSI Design, NY, fulfilling art and design projects for local and corporate clients including AT&T and Scientific American. She eventually launched her own studio, Sun Design, Inc., with clients that included two large theme restaurants, Jekyll & Hyde and Night Gallery. 

Kaye moved to Tucson in 1998 and opened Create Café & Catering, Inc., which she successfully ran for 13 years. She’s now the artist behind Create For The People Ventures, creating original and commissioned artwork. Her hand-drawn customized portraits integrate biographical information provided by her clients. Kaye loves to use her work for fundraising and donates all of her profits to local charities. Each exhibit has a dedicated local nonprofit for which the sales of her portrait stories is donated; truly “creating for the people”. 

For more information, contact Kaye at 520.404.2932 or or visit

Friday, May 26, 2017

Day 113: Aidan Ault

The Liquid Ethos is a personal brand and the mindset my work comes from. It involves taking in as many of the variables as possible and addressing them with a process tailored specifically for the challenge, canvas, strategy or other platform - observing the flow of the world and focusing it into the desired medium.
Chicago-born, I was raised in Europe where I was introduced to Scandinavian design principles. This infatuation grew to a passion which has sprouted into every branch of the design industry and I bring this passion to both my work and my personal projects, whether it be a touch screen interface, a chair, a boat or an island. Since Denmark, I have also spent time living in England, Dubai, Thailand and Australia, learning and growing from the cultures of the World. It seems I was born to wander, so I picked up a few languages on the way to help make friends wherever I go (Danish, German, French).
Enjoy some of the work on my site, consider me for your own brands and feel more than free to contact me with commissions or collaboration ideas.




"Anime+Chill" Brand Direction

Collateral Design Elements For the Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Done at Core 12, Chicago

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 112: Ethan Rhoads

Artist Statement:   

 As a product of a childhood spent partially overseas thanks to the U.S. military, I use photography and printmaking to explore myself, societal norms, group identity, and collective humanity as subjects. Influenced by my passion for skateboarding, I incorporate a DIY spirit and an against-the-grain attitude into both my creative practices and worldview. I parse the world through a lens and sift through the vast visual information available to me to make my opinions known. 

Instagram: @rad.blaster




Service Economy


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 111: Annette Smith

Artist Statement: I work in several mediums, charcoal, watercolor, and oil, but am especially drawn to watercolor. I enjoy the spontaneity and uncontrolled chaos of the medium. When painting, I seek to capture the essence of my subject whether portrait, floral, or figure. Watercolor helps me achieve this by use of gestural line, and fresh, unexpected color.

Web -- 
instagram : smithers8734

Vanessa A Smith

Yellow Feather


Mia A Smith

Sad Sunflowers

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 110: Marc G Doutherd

About The Artist

Marc G Doutherd

Marc DoutherdMarc G. Doutherd Artist Bio: Born in California,USA on Feb. 9th, 1961 The word that describes Marc G. Doutherd is 'resilient' ! Marc throughout his life, has always been able to render images,sculpt any substance,write music, and play most musical instruments. According to Marc,"Love is the overriding force behind my creative works, and it is that force and power that drives me to create". The philosophy behind Marc and his art is "Freedom". The Freedom to expand artistically...freedom to experiment with new forms of art and new methods. Marc started creating images on outside surfaces at the age of 5, using charcoal on concrete. Marc can render an image on most surfaces, with any usable medium. He can render images in styles ranging from figurative photo realism or surrealism to abstract. Marc G. Doutherd shows unlimited ability in terms of his creative energy and artistic innovation. His artistic disciplines include lithography,illustration,painting, graphic design,leather work, jewelry making, tanning, sculpture, glass blowing, musical instrument making, and music writing and composition. What you see when you view Marc G. Doutherd's art is a vision of the spiritual essence of his various subject matters as seen through his eyes. By way of Shamanic interpretation, with unbelievably bright hues that glow with a unique vibrancy, Marc captures what others try to see and understand. Press,Television and Radio: Sacramento Bee, Press Tribune, Public Broadcast Radio Canada, Auburn Journal, Sacramento Access Cable, Artist Review Magazine, United Press International, Sacramento News and Review. Collections: Gamze Ridley Fredricks / Mcintire collection


Why oil/canvas

Photo of artist

Great Great Grandmother pencil

Steel Life

Angel of Life  Oil/canvas-3ftw. 5fth

Shamanic Lion- oil/canvas-4ftw 5fth

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 109: Jason Youngdale

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 108: Dapper Dan

Built to Kill

Bird Eater


Self Portrait

Self Portrait


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 107: Bobby Castenada

"It's all a pool game - it's all the cool game."

"Nuestra novela.



i had an interview with him. Here are some of the questions and his answers.

What medium do you use? Are you a painter? A drawer? I do notice you like to use markers and ink?

"It's more like mixed media."

Your profile says you studied in Mesoamerican studies? What's the fascination? Does Aztec imagery play a part in your work?
"I took woodcarving classes in Oaxaca. I went to Phoenix college."

Your profile says you studied multimedia at Collins? What type of learning did you get at Collins? Was it studying design? How does that fall into your work?
"I disregarded that. I'm my own teacher."

What keeps you out of artist block?
"I don't have it like priming an engine. You're going to do certain rituals like muscle memory, train your muscles, do a certain like Michael Jordan.

What's it like being the owner of a coffee company?

"I am not owner but part owner of a coffee shop. It's got its thing. It's driving me."

How do work as a full time job and be an artist?

"3 jobs. I make coffee, sell paintings and hustle."

What do you think of the Arizona scene? Positive and negative?

"It's so undiscovered. It's still in infantile stagings. We're saplings here. It has positive growth on a smaller scale. We don't dictate.

How long have you been showing in the Arizona scene?

"First show was at Thought Crime. I did a piece that had a SUV climbing a ridiculous gashose to it. Michael 23 said he liked the paintings because they were simple."

What are some galleries you say you've missed from the Phoenix scene?

"Holgas, Paper Heart, Mainstay, Sevende on Grand, Trucha, Fortoul Presents and the Fort.'

Why do you think some galleries succeed and some don't?

People who are backing up the galleries. Nobody exists without ASU.

If you had one future artistic dream say like painting the Sistine Chapel? Or something like that what would it be? 

"Gotta have goal. Life is art.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 106:Christopher Jagmin


As an American, and self-described documentarian, I try to make sense of what it means to live at this moment in time. Today our world seems to be particularly fragile, and the crush of information that storms our screened devices has made life scary, cluttered and seemingly complicated. Out of this fast-paced emotional tide, I try to examine the common fears, anxieties, joys and struggles that we share.
Inspired by pop culture, advertising, self-help gurus, secrets and gossip, new and old technologies, comic novels, and the things we throw away, I like to tell stories of triumph, celebration, humanity, sadness, beauty, decay, vulnerability, energy, and urgency. These stories can be told via paintings, constructions, or through community experiences.
The way I tell stories is not perfect, and the documentation can be quite messy, but I hope my work finds humor and empathy in all of life’s fragility. I thrill in constructing stories that have a universal message, but are also leave the participant open to insert their story based on their personal experiences.




renamed (the story)
19,5 x 16 inches
label maker labels on board

unafraid again
16 x 12 inches
label maker labels on board

i will sleep tonight
66 x50 inches
installation with label maker labels and
black push pins

20.5 x 20.5 x 2 inches
Nails and wood. Piece is from installation, I’m O K

The History Project Sign
Plastic sign, 8 x 6 inches
Provincetown, MA
First location signage place in MA to commemorate a failed relationship. To date 1 of 12 signs around the world

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 105: Constance McBride

My practice is inspired by nature and the human form.  I think about layers while investigating the changes our bodies, ourselves experience over time; layers of relationships we develop and discard and layers of lore ancestors leave behind for us to ponder.  We continue to add strata upon strata to our lives.  Crumpled figures may seem to be in ruins, but they still exist. While fragility exists, there is the tenacity to survive. The bits we leave behind continue to tell our story and while others may misinterpret their recollections, these then become the story. In the end, the actual story doesn't really matter to me. What does matter to me is that we are remembered as living beings and that death is thought of as a completion of a life well lived; not as a failure to survive on earth. 

Timescape II

The Lonely Girls


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 104: Joanna Proffitt

Joanna Proffitt is an emerging artist and photographer whose work includes elements of architecture, nature and landscapes. Her photographs often explore worn or aging subjects. She appreciates the rich histories and stories that these items and places contain and their ability to take us to a different place in time, often a simpler place. Joanna also explores objects, often botanicals, up close. These macro photographs reveal mini worlds in and of themselves and she finds their patterns and intricacies fascinating and quite beautiful
Joanna's photography has been exhibited widely throughout Phoenix and the surrounding area including recent shows through Shemer Art Center and Herberger Art Gallery. Please like her facebook page: Joanna Proffitt Photography.
Just Dandy
Canyon Door