Artist Todd Grossman Pays Homage to His Father and Ted DeGrazia

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Grossman is a miniaturist painter, knitter, and crocheter. Because his paintings are so small, the artist must work under a lit magnifier in order to make sure every detail of a nickel-size portrait is accounted for.

Though he works on his art from his home studio, the artist also works full-time composing and teaching piano, as well as managing a knit shop.

What's your earliest memory of Phoenix? My family moved to Phoenix from Long Island, NY in 1969. I was 5 years old and I remember the house hunting experience. We were being driven around a new development at the base of Squaw Peak. The home we were being shown was near completion. It had a sloped driveway, and sat next to a natural arroyo. The backyard was still natural desert and no wall had been built. It was, at that time, the last street in the development, so the backyard was just a continuation of Squaw Peak mountain, when it was still in its natural state, without houses built up on it. Somehow, I knew that this would be our house. We spent the next few weeks in a Van Buren motel (I have no memories of that - a true testament to the healing powers of the brain) before moving into the house at Squaw Peak.

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