Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Today is the last day for Arizona Artist a Day Part 1. I have more on my plate than I did last year  Somehow though I'm going to make it work! I have received a lot of positive responses from the Arizona community about the blog. I love waking up in the morning and sharing a new artist. It's a very positive way to start the day. Until one to a month I am signing off.

Day 376: Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss is a Phoenix native of the worst kind, the kind that prattles on endlessly about the good old days when there was nothing North of Camelback Road and folks rode horseback through the neighborhood on the way to the desert.

Exposed to photography in high school, he only complicated matters by attending the San Francisco Art Institute and Arizona State University, getting a B.F.A. in 1978 that taught him the difference between the "winkin'" eye" and  the "shootin' eye".

He's done fine art commissions for Del Webb Corporation and the Gallagher Kennedy law firm, and received the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Artist Materials Grant in 2001. Since 2002, he has coordinated microcinema screenings of shorts and feature films under the umbrella organization "No Festival Required". Weiss has also collaborated with co-conspirator Leslie Barton on a number of video installation projects for AZ88, Artelphx and Modified Arts. His community service includes being a member of the Tovrea Castle Advisory Committee, Downtown Phoenix Arts Coalition and a founding member of Downtown Voices Coalition.
Pole Here Ford


Sun City Pool

"Winner", was a billboard in Las Vegas that caught my eye as the guy in the picture looked CRAZY, and the billboard printing made his eyes and teeth really pop! It was next to the Aladdin Hotel. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 375: White Raven Studios

Art transforms: It enriches, soothes, inspires and connects us. Art celebrates life and death and everything in between. I have always felt the need to create: from finger painting to oil painting, from playing with clay to working in stone and metal, I love it all! I am greatly inspired by the colors and subject matter of the impressionist and post-impressionist painters. It's great fun for me to recreate Monet's landscapes with my own color interpretation and brushwork. Van Gogh has always delighted me with his wonderful colors. My past studies in Chinese brushwork have led me to reinterpret those styles and themes in my acrylic paintings. The chickens and roosters remind me of growing up in rural New York and bring a smile to my face. My beloved cat companion, Beret, continues to be an inspiring subject in my paintings, even after her passing last year. I honor her 16 years of companionship and amusement by painting her many moods and poses. I hope she makes you smile, too.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Day 374: Mica Brinson

I am a Tucson based artist with a fascination of nature and how us humans are integrated into the world we see around us. I grew up in a very small town just east of Tucson with three stop lights, a truck stop and a handful decaying buildings, there wasn't much to do so I filled my time with dance and art. I started out painting and sketching, but it wasn't until a year or two ago I finally found my niche and art style. My work is typically done on wood panels with pen and ink. I like to stick to a pretty monochromatic color palette, using mostly black, white and metallics. I use geometric shapes, lines, shading and ancient numerology in my artwork. Each piece is unique in its own way with a strong presence of nature, mathematics and geometry. When I’m not working on art I keep busy with managing a monthly bass music event called Anticlockwise and teaching Aerial Silks classes.

Solar Culture Gallery Profile http://www.solarculture.org/art/artist/show/484 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mica.riggs
 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/micabrinson/

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day 373: Aimee Ollinger

Aimee Ollinger recently graduated with a BFA in Drawing from the Herberger Institue for Design and the Arts at ASU. In her work she combines her fear of disease and fascination for nature. Starting at an early age, she found the fear of illness and death filled her thoughts with angst and apprehension. This type of anxiety can take its toll on the routine of daily life. Her love for nature began when she started traveling outside of her home state of Arizona. Having her sketchbook and camera in hand, she was able to gather and record information to incorporate into her pieces. The obsession she has with these two topics led her to sink the focus and energy into her work. Her research is used to turn her fears into something creative as well as utilizing nature to comfort and overcome her anxieties. She uses a combination of mixed media such as ink, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, metallic paint, metal leaf, imitation gold mica flakes, and embroidery to best express her vision. Aimee hopes to inspire those who suffer from certain phobias that there are ways to cope by finding serenity through something you love. 
Instagram: @aimoart

A Deeper Fade, 2017

Mixed media on drawing paper

45 in x 31 in

Phases, 2017

Mixed media on watercolor paper
30 in x 22 in

Cellular Evolution, 2017
Mixed media on watercolor paper;
stretched onto embroidery hoops
33 in x 27 in

Scanning the Ecosystem, 2017
Ink, metallic paint, and metal leaf on
watercolor paper
20 in x 39 in

Invaders, 2016
Mixed media on watercolor paper
13 ½ in x 11 in

Friday, February 9, 2018

Day 372: Michelle Terry-Helmick

I'm a multi-media artist, and that seems to mean multi-genre. Lots of different stuff, lots of different styles. Experimentation is the essential and an actual lack of process is how I come up with most ideas. Drawing starts is all, then it will blossom into something else, 2D, 3D, no way to tell. Playing music also fuels the art, and vice versa. 

Lady Peacock

Delicate Thing Detail 2

Fly Away Detail 1



Tiny Tangle

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day 371: Stacy Lynn

Stacy Lynn is an artist specializing in realism. She lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. Although she was born in Detroit, Michigan, she spent her formative years in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
She brings ethnic scenes, flowers, and paintings of children to life with bright color compositions and interesting situations. As the artist herself put it: “I love to watch children at play, and in a world of grey news stories, I want to brighten the lives of others with splashes of color.”
Stacy Lynn grew up in a creative household, her father being a well known artist in Detroit. “He says I held a pencil before I could walk,” she says. She went to art school in Sweden but credits her father for most of her learning.
My website address is stacylynnfineart.com
Instagram: stacylynnart

Puppy Dog Tales
Tembo 2a

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Day 370: Emma Garcia

Emma A. Garcia, ‘Artz’ is a latina artist with a BFA from Arizona State University trained as a SRT healer and a Linguist; her most recent work is considered contemporary healing art.
Artz has won some awards and has shown her work in several galleries and private shows. Her work is sold in some national and international Galleries. She is the Owner of Laguna Artz LLC.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Day 369: Nadia Vanilla

Nadia Vanilla

 I’m inspired by the inner worlds of the people around me. I approach my art with curiosity and fascination with what makes my subjects tick. What are they thinking about when faced with these incredibly intimate situations? What circumstances lead them to be in these positions to begin with? Most of my recent work is made with soft pastels, though I also work with charcoal, ink, and watercolor on occasion. I tend to stick with a basic palette because I like to attempt to communicate ideas, or inspire discussion, with few “tricks.” When I choose to use color, it always has a specific purpose – red, to reflect power, sexuality, and volatility; blue to indicate peace, ease, and stability. I’ve been an artist ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand. Thirty years, now, I’ve been creating something. I spent a year of my college experience in studio art classes, although I quickly switched my focus to anthropology. I wanted to know more about how people work within cultures, how relationships around the world are forged and maintained, and how individuals’ specific cultural experiences shape how they, in turn, view their world. Though I stopped taking formal studio classes, I have been a student ever since, working to improve my craft and finding ways to express ideas and add beauty to the world. After I graduated from college and moved to Arizona, I took a few years off to regroup and settle into my new life in Phoenix. During that time, I explored a few different creative outlets – jewelry making, short story writing, etc., but I inevitably came back to my creative home, drawing, because of its potential for thoughtful discussion and reflection. My goal is to make people stop and think about the people in their world. Everyone has layers, and it’s so easy to take people at face value. We could take the messages that we’re fed by the media about subjects like intimacy and emotions


Against the Wall

Late Afternoon

Monday, February 5, 2018

Day 368: Julie Hamilton

ARTIST STATEMENT In my current work I am creating paintings that explore spirit, unseen and natural forces, and physical space
as abstract expressionist images. The paintings are not a literal depiction of an external place, but are creations born from my
memories, imagination, and subconscious – an internal landscape. I am interested in making highly subjective works that evade a single i
nterpretation. I explore the mind – body connection through my process, focusing on stream of consciousness painting. I am
compelled to make works that, for me, are like maps to a higher place. I see my canvases as symbolic windows through which I am looking
into and out of for my images. When I am painting, I am connected to something larger than myself, actively participating in a
search for understanding, balance, serendipity, and inspiration.

ulie Bailey Hamilton was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The beautiful landscape of mountains meeting sky
has always been a point of origin in her works that reference the physical meeting the spiritual. 

Julie’s career has as an artist has spanned the last 25 years. She began to find her voice at James Madison University where
she earned a BFA in Fine Arts and certification to teach Kindergarten through 12th grade art. She taught art at Salem High School f
or 8 years before pursuing her dreams of becoming a full time artist and mother. In 2006 she finished her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts at
Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.

In 2007, Julie joined Signature 9 Gallery, launched her on website, www.juliehamiltonart.com and won the first of numerous awards for
her works throughout Southwest VA. In 2016 Julie moved to Phoenix Arizona and is working as a full time artist.

Julie is a teacher at heart, and loves to work with both children and adults to develop their creativity. She started The Creativity Retreat
for Women – A Spa for the Soul, Girl’s Night at the Studio and teaches classes in ceramics, painting, and drawing at night.

She celebrates this colorful life with her husband and two daughters, Emma and Lilly, who often work alongside her creating
, teaching, cooking, and painting!

www.juliehamiltonart.com website
@juliehamiltonart Instagram


All the Things We Said



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Day 367: Maria Johnson

Maria Renée Johnson grew up exploring and drawing the desert wilds on the edges of Phoenix, Arizona. Eventually tempted by the pull of the sea, Maria got her bachelor's degree in marine conservation and visual arts at Prescott College. She spent many subsequent years studying fisheries, creating artwork, and teaching conservation in México along the shores of the Gulf of California.

Heavily influenced by her desert and sea experiences, Maria's artwork explores the natural world and mystical realms while seeking to connect people to nature's inhabitants, inherent rhythms, and magic. The majority of her art is made up of thousands of tiny dots in black and white ink. This style is both a natural inclination to the medium and a way of viewing the world through the lens of ecology: a myriad of pieces, all equal in importance, come together to create one great, functioning, healthy whole. Her process combines a continued education in natural history as well as the practice of mediation and love; her hope is to inspire a deeper sense of home, an ethic of compassion, and sense of care for the earth.
Maria's work has been shown across Arizona venues, including the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Saguaro National Park, and The Natural History Institute. Numerous pieces have been featured in publications from scientific journals to local Arizona magazines such as Edible Baja Arizona and Zócalo. Currently, she is working on a body of work focused on climate change that will be shown in September at the YWCA in Tucson, Arizona.

Instagram:  maria.reneej

A Living Together

Fata Morgana

The Illusion of Discontent

To Be Human

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Day 366: Tim Lowery

 Currently I'm an automotive muralist specializing in Lowriders and custom motorcycles,but focusing  my direction towards fine art and surrealism that consists of religious, political and social commentary. My artwork can be seen on:
 Instagram @tim_lowery_arts.
Facebook Tim Lowery
website www.timloweryarts.com
LOWERYARTS Tim Lowery loweryart@yahoo.com

 Praying Hands

48 Caddy