100 Creatives

42: Daniel Shepherd

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.

Daniel Shepherd says he's been making art since, "the first time I can remember holding a pencil in my hand, sitting on my great grandmother's lap, drawing together ... We'd play a game she called 'Squiggles' where one of us would draw a random shape, and it would be the other one's job to make something out of it... It taught me how to think fast about getting an idea down quickly. It's still kind of how I work today--I don't like to plan ahead, just go. Knowing when to stop is the hard part."

The self-taught artist developed a style he calls "Ambient Painting," and has recently been concentrating more on collages, smaller works that rely heavily on vintage images, old photographs, and various found printed materials.

I came to Phoenix with . . . A love of the desert landscape from numerous childhood cross-country drives with the family in our '64 Mustang.

I make art because . . . I like to, I want to, I have to. It's just something that I've always done. I'm told that when I'm not being creative for a period of time, I'm a nasty, rotten, horrible, grumpy person to be around. Sadly, it's probably true.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm alone. By nature, I'm a creature of the night.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Time Life books, a crack in the sidewalk, 1960-1970's era Men's magazines, clouds in the Arizona sky, Little Golden books,vintage typewriters, telephone poles, power grids, grain silos, medical journals, Dragnet, the laughter of children, a certain look, found objects, old photographs, girls in Hotdog-on-Stick uniforms, jazz.

5. I've learned the most from . . . The past.

6. Good work should always . . . Be sold to the highest bidder.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . Collectors of art.

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

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