Arizona Artist Kerstin Dale: 100 Creatives

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Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 59. Kerstin Dale.

You might not guess it at first look, but artist Kerstin Dale's major source of artistic inspiration is Arizona -- and the Grand Canyon, in particular.

She's lived all over the state, and while Dale is technically based in Flagstaff at the moment, the artist always seems to be popping up around Phoenix. The artist and Grand Canyon river guide recently won a Contemporary Forum grant and was featured in Halt Gallery's debut exhibition, "Roaming with Abandon," which featured pieces from Dale's Colorado River-inspired plywood series.

See also: Phoenix Artist Emily Costello: 100 Creatives

Fresh off a few weeks spent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Dale caught up with Jackalope Ranch to discuss the Phoenix creative scene and how she defines good work.

I came to Arizona with my family, when I was 3 years old. I have lived in Phoenix, Tucson, and currently reside in Flagstaff. Besides a couple years in Chicago for an MFA, Arizona is my home.

I make art because it's in my blood. I'm lucky; my father is an artist. Being creative is an essential part of "living."

I'm most productive when I have time to be at home. As a Grand Canyon River Guide, when I'm not on the river I am at home in my studio. Having blocks of time off to be creative lets me delve deeply into each new sculpture.

My inspiration wall is full of images of the Grand Canyon.

I've learned most from... It's hard to say, everyday bring new opportunities and learning moments. I think the key is to continue being creative is to realize when a new inspiration comes your way to take advantage of the situation.

Good work should always... Good "work" is a combination of elements; conceptual development, creative uses of materials and quality craftsmanship are all essential.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more people that support the arts!

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello

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