42: Daniel Shepherd

Categories: Creatives 2012

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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Daniel Shepherd
Daniel Shepherd says he's been making art since, "the first time I can remember holding a pencil in my hand, sitting on my great grandmother's lap, drawing together ... We'd play a game she called 'Squiggles' where one of us would draw a random shape, and it would be the other one's job to make something out of it... It taught me how to think fast about getting an idea down quickly. It's still kind of how I work today--I don't like to plan ahead, just go. Knowing when to stop is the hard part."

The self-taught artist developed a style he calls "Ambient Painting," and has recently been concentrating more on collages, smaller works that rely heavily on vintage images, old photographs, and various found printed materials.

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Daniel Shepherd
I came to Phoenix with . . . A love of the desert landscape from numerous childhood cross-country drives with the family in our '64 Mustang.

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Daniel Shepherd
I make art because . . . I like to, I want to, I have to. It's just something that I've always done. I'm told that when I'm not being creative for a period of time, I'm a nasty, rotten, horrible, grumpy person to be around. Sadly, it's probably true.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm alone. By nature, I'm a creature of the night.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . Time Life books, a crack in the sidewalk, 1960-1970's era Men's magazines, clouds in the Arizona sky, Little Golden books,vintage typewriters, telephone poles, power grids, grain silos, medical journals, Dragnet, the laughter of children, a certain look, found objects, old photographs, girls in Hotdog-on-Stick uniforms, jazz.

5. I've learned the most from . . . The past.

6. Good work should always . . . Be sold to the highest bidder.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . Collectors of art.

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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

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