Artist Todd Grossman Pays Homage to His Father and Ted DeGrazia

Best of Phoenix hit newsstands Sept. 26. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Todd Grossman.

Artist Todd Grossman grew up obsessed with the Italian Renaissance and painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. By the end of grade school, he had completed several portrait paintings inspired by the period with a modern influence, specifically Diana Ross' hair in the film Mahogany.

Grossman knew he was artistically driven when he continued on to high school and put more detail into his biology drawings than any of his classmates. Despite that, it wasn't until after college and well into his adult life that he committed to art.