62: Colton Brock

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

Colton Brock
Colton Brock is a self-described third-generation Arizonan and a first-generation painter and photographer.

When he's not mixing jazzy cocktails at Barrio Queen Tequileria in Scottsdale, he's painting.

"Mixing pigments on a palette is no different than balancing flavors in a glass," he says. "Just as colors can be sweet, salty or downright bland, every flavor embodies a very specific color composition. No matter the medium, the goal is to strive for that balance in compliments, continuity and composition."

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Colton Brock
Brick Wall on Canvas #3
I arrived in Phoenix . . . with blue eyes and six pounds ten ounces of baby fat clumsily wrapped around a heart no larger than a walnut. I knew nothing before Phoenix, and as much as I love and am able to travel, I vow to nothing after. This is my town.

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Colton Brock
Brick Wall on Canvas #5
I make art because . . . I feel, when asked, any artist would claim that the creation of art arrives from necessity. If one is equipped to recognize the different perspectives within the profane, it is ones role to present these new perspectives in the hopes of creating dialogue. As an æsthete it becomes my roll to share these new perspectives for the benefit or detriment of others.

I am most productive when . . . I'm relaxed, having fun and surrounded by other productive people who define the word productivity. My friends who violently shove the definition of productivity down my throat and leave me feeling like an inadequate impostor if I'm not putting in everything I got and maybe a few things I don't.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . No Inspiration wall here. By nature the idea is an ephemeral animal and the finished product is a lucky snapshot of the beast long extinct. Maybe I left the house clueless and in search, and have returned with photos, sketches or exotic beverage ingredients. Then there's nothing to it, but to do it. To be sure there is a bulletin board in my bedroom, but it is never looked at. Over-thinking can be just as foolish (or rewarding) as diving headfirst.

I have learned the most from . . . trying and failing. Failure is simply a learning tool, which is celebrated and utilized by successful people.

The Phoenix Creative Scene, I feel, would benefit from . . . having more folks who would rather create the scene here rather than focusing on personal fame. It would benefit from more folks who would rather make a mess here at home, for the benefit of the creative community, rather than claw their way into something looked at as more glamorous. I am often told "create in the love." I once dismissed it as vain, but the more I think about it...

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Colton Brock
Concave Concave Study
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

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Pomegranate Paloma by Colton Brock
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

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