73: Carol Roque

Categories: 100 Creatives

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 as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

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Carol Roque
Carol Roque's a first-generation Mexican American who was born in Los Angeles and moved to Phoenix to study art.

"A lot of my memories growing up are of me with a notebook of blank paper in front of me, sitting somewhere drawing and making people up, passing the time," she says.

"This was my form of fun and entertainment ... I've now evolved into a self taught painter who makes oil paintings, handmade art dolls, and prints of my artwork for a living. When I'm not painting I try to balance out my introverted ways by leaving the house and being in the world, before becoming 'too weird.'"

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Carol Roque
Handmade Art Dolls
I came to Phoenix with . . . Intentions of attending a technical school to study a major which I was told would have me drawing all day, it sounded easy and potentially fun! But I discovered animation was not my passion. I later met my closest friend (Aldo Jeffrey) there, who introduced me to First Fridays, nearly six years ago! He offered me a small section of his table and I sold 9 $5 hand cut 5X5inch prints of my acrylic and ink drawings from my sketchbook the first month doing it. I finally realized people actually liked and purchased art! I decided then, this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life, I would sell my artwork. I moved to Phoenix in 2008 and have been working on art full time ever since.

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Carol Roque
Homage To The Bunny
I make art because . . . It's the only thing I am willing to work hard at! I cannot make myself work at jobs I don't like; I instantly become the worst employee ever. But when I work for myself I can work easily! I love painting and creating art. I would do this even if I was the only one who would ever see the art I make.

I'm most productive when . . . I've made a fresh cup of tea, have done my daily writing, have everything around me that I need, and I sit for a chunk of time focusing solely on my work. No distractions.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Sketches for my own paintings, art postcards, quotes, thrift store art, paintings from my little easel box, etc. It might not exactly be an inspiration wall, but I have a wall where hang up things I think look nice together. I also hang up all my own art, everywhere where there is wall space throughout my house.

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Carol Roque
Feeding the Urge
I've learned the most from . . . Just giving things a try! You have to start somewhere, and you can't be afraid of failure. You have to just go for it; You can become amazing at anything you want, you're heart must be in it and you never quit.

Good work should always . . . Make you think or feel something, and impress you.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . Good thought-provoking skillfully made art, and exciting art openings!

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

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