43: Dan Vermillion

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.

Dan Vermillion
See also:Joe Pagac and Fred Tieken's mural on Vermillion Studios

Dan Vermillion is from Omaha, Nebraska and came to Arizona to attend ASU. After he graduated, he says he worked for several commercial photographers, and in 1980 the photographer started Vermillion Photo.

He now owns a huge studio (with a very cool mural) on McDowell Road in downtown Phoenix that he shares with local artists who rent office and studio space. "We have a tight-knit group here and a very strong creative energy," he says.

photo by Dan Vermillion
I came to Phoenix with . . . An urge to be on my own, in a warm place to attend college and discover the Southwest. I also had a student loan and $200 cash.

photo by Dan Vermillion
I make art because . . . It is my life. My art is about working with people who need photography for various reasons. Most of the art I create is commissioned. My clients include The Ritz Carlton, Banner Health, Best Western, US Airways, First Solar, ASU, Blue Cross Blue Shield , and many more.

I'm most productive when . . . My life is in order, or when it is totally crazy & over-committed.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Mental images of my many friends and colleagues that are working tirelessly at their art.

I've learned the most from . . . Mistakes and errors in judgment.

Good work should always . . . Be present in one's life. You are only as good as your last work/piece.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . Galleries that are professionally committed to artists who are committed and are developing their work.

photo by Dan Vermillion
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

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