100 Creatives

11. Bob Roman

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 in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Bob Roman describes himself as a bit of a vagabond, and the Phoenix metro area as the closest thing he has to a geographical notion of home. He travels, draws, gives Ignite talks, and encourages everyone he meets to wander.

"I place a premium on new experiences and try to keep my life in perspective with the idea that experiencing more will leave me open to fullness that is evasive in the routine," he says. "Always on to another adventure."

I came to Phoenix with ... a Bible under my arm. I graduated high school in 2002 and came out to Tempe to go to a small (tiny) Bible college. I dropped out and went on to become a youth pastor in Southern California. Always amazed at where I've ended up since.

I make art because ... I need to participate in shared space in a meaningful way. You don't need permission to change the cultural use of shared space. Participating in the social contract shouldn't mean that you have to see advertisements everywhere you look. If you've got a dissenting opinion, let's hear about it. Stop asking permission and start making this the world you want to live in.

I'm most productive when ... I'm surrounded by imaginative and creative people who are in an imaginative creative state as well. Mutual cooperation leads to mutual benefit. It's nice to listen to poet friends share their work or listen to songs my musician friends are breathing life into. I'm always the best version of myself when I'm in good company and in lifted spirits.

My inspiration wall is ... a bathroom stall covered in paint and marker. Do justice.

I've learned the most from ... Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

Good work should always ... feel good. As a creator, the Process is infinitely more layered and meaningful than any tangible object that is the result of it. It's nice to create and give life to ideas plucked out of a sea of infinite possibilities. What a wild fucking idea.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... some more local support. There's no reason local art shops like Wet Paint should be going under in a place like this. We need to watch out for one another. We're in this thing together.

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 40. Lori Fenn 39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen 38. Wayne Rainey 37. Christian Filardo 36. Melissa Cody 35. Jason Rudolph Peña 34. Cindy Iverson 33. Ryan Gentry 32. Sebastien Millon 31. Andrea Beesley 30. Chris Pruitt 29. Robert Diehl 28. Rachel Malloy 27. Jonathan Simon 26. Ann Morton 25. Kim Moody 24. Kevin Flanagan 23. Such and Champ Styles 22. Julia Fournier 21. Rebecca Green 20. Jules Demetrius 19. Averian Chee 18. Sara Cochran 17. Daniel Mills 16. Nina Miller 15. Robert Brandan Martinez 14. Rachel Bowditch 13. Ashley Macias 12. Eddie Sparr

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