40: Lori Fenn

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When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Phoenix-based painter Lori Fenn says while she was growing up, she wanted to be a writer.

"I have stacks of stories and poems from when i first learned to write up to now. When I moved to Phoenix, I took my first painting class in high school. I would lock myself in my room and paint for hours."

When she was 20, she moved to Seattle and worked with fabric artist Katarina Powell before moving back to Phoenix, having two kids and focusing back on painting.

I came to Phoenix with . . . my parents and brothers when I was 12. I grew up in Cincinnati on a cul de sac filled with kids, creeks, wild raspberries, trees and lightning bugs. The only way my parents could convince us to move here was a house with a pool.

I make art because . . . I see it in my head and want to make it real in my hands. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have workers hands -- if I'm not painting, I am cooking, taking photos, digging in the dirt, sewing, or building something. I have always enjoyed the whole creation process ever since I can remember. When I was 6 years old, I desperately wanted to build a wooden horse on rollerskate wheels that moved when you pulled the reigns, and the whole time I remember having an unwaivering belief that i could actually do it.

I'm most productive when . . . I have a deadline and no distractions. I have a love/hate thing going on with being under pressure.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . lots of COLOR, feathers, rocks, shells I find on the beach, poetry, drawings, photos ... pretty much anything that makes me happy.

I've learned the most from . . . the things that didn't work both in art and life. When you are self taught, you don't have a teacher to give you an insufficient grade. You have to be aware enough to know what didn't work, why, and how to make it work the next time. It is an ongoing process and I am still learning. I have had a lot of support from family and good friends to allow me the opportunity to grow as an artist.

Good work should always . . . make you feel satisfied. If you can't see any beauty in what you have created then no one else will.

The Phoenix creative scene could use . . . more clean, simple places to show work.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt

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