100 Creatives

43: Dan Vermillion

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.

See also:Joe Pagac and Fred Tieken's mural on Vermillion Studios

Dan Vermillion is from Omaha, Nebraska and came to Arizona to attend ASU. After he graduated, he says he worked for several commercial photographers, and in 1980 the photographer started Vermillion Photo.

He now owns a huge studio (with a very cool mural) on McDowell Road in downtown Phoenix that he shares with local artists who rent office and studio space. "We have a tight-knit group here and a very strong creative energy," he says.

I came to Phoenix with . . . An urge to be on my own, in a warm place to attend college and discover the Southwest. I also had a student loan and $200 cash.

I make art because . . . It is my life. My art is about working with people who need photography for various reasons. Most of the art I create is commissioned. My clients include The Ritz Carlton, Banner Health, Best Western, US Airways, First Solar, ASU, Blue Cross Blue Shield , and many more.

I'm most productive when . . . My life is in order, or when it is totally crazy & over-committed.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Mental images of my many friends and colleagues that are working tirelessly at their art.

I've learned the most from . . . Mistakes and errors in judgment.

Good work should always . . . Be present in one's life. You are only as good as your last work/piece.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . Galleries that are professionally committed to artists who are committed and are developing their 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

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Claire Lawton
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