100 Creatives

13: Ashley Macias

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.

Ashley Macias is a downtown Phoenix-based artist who says her work displays several elements from our natural environment, bringing awareness to the things we think, feel, and imagine. Macias describes her techniques in bold line work as inspired by the natural raw organic flow in plants, the aging of people, and a deeper conscious or visionary realm.

Macias is currently working on Scottsdale Public Art and SRP Arizona canal Front Festivals with fellow artist Isaac Nicolas Caruso.

See also: - Jackalope Ranch's 100 Creative profile of Isaac Caruso - Call for Artists: IN FLUX 3 to Launch Temporary Activation Projects in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, Glendale, Goodyear, and Mesa - Best of Phoenix Interactive Periodic Table

I came to Phoenix with ... A open mind, a paintbrush, and a greater urge to contribute to the art community. I forgot my toothbrush though.

I create art because... art creates me. A bitter-sweet fluidity.

Im most productive when... I wait 'til the last minute after I tell myself I won't wait 'til the last minute.

I gather inspiration from... a blank canvas, the rest is up to my imagination.

I have learned the most from... consequences but life is more interesting that way and a good laugh for later. Panta Rhei.

Good work should always... have heart. The innate desire to express oneself and share it takes guts. One cannot expect praise all the time. If it's engaging and evoking criticism, imagination or facial expressions and you're proud of that work by the end of it, you've done something right.

The Phoenix Creative scene could use more... positive outlook and contribution. Phoenix is brewing talent fully capable of progression. Less energy exerted on complaints of what the scene lacks, more action to improve it . A stronger sense of unity and less ego can go a long way. As an art community, we need to make stronger connections to utilize and engage the right buyers and resources. Phoenix is just too big a city not to love.

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

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