40: Lori Fenn

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.

Lori Fenn
Phoenix-based painter Lori Fenn says while she was growing up, she wanted to be a writer.

"I have stacks of stories and poems from when i first learned to write up to now. When I moved to Phoenix, I took my first painting class in high school. I would lock myself in my room and paint for hours."

When she was 20, she moved to Seattle and worked with fabric artist Katarina Powell before moving back to Phoenix, having two kids and focusing back on painting.

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Lori Fenn
I came to Phoenix with . . . my parents and brothers when I was 12. I grew up in Cincinnati on a cul de sac filled with kids, creeks, wild raspberries, trees and lightning bugs. The only way my parents could convince us to move here was a house with a pool.

Lori Fenn
I make art because . . . I see it in my head and want to make it real in my hands. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have workers hands -- if I'm not painting, I am cooking, taking photos, digging in the dirt, sewing, or building something. I have always enjoyed the whole creation process ever since I can remember. When I was 6 years old, I desperately wanted to build a wooden horse on rollerskate wheels that moved when you pulled the reigns, and the whole time I remember having an unwaivering belief that i could actually do it.

I'm most productive when . . . I have a deadline and no distractions. I have a love/hate thing going on with being under pressure.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . lots of COLOR, feathers, rocks, shells I find on the beach, poetry, drawings, photos ... pretty much anything that makes me happy.

I've learned the most from . . . the things that didn't work both in art and life. When you are self taught, you don't have a teacher to give you an insufficient grade. You have to be aware enough to know what didn't work, why, and how to make it work the next time. It is an ongoing process and I am still learning. I have had a lot of support from family and good friends to allow me the opportunity to grow as an artist.

Lori Fenn
Good work should always . . . make you feel satisfied. If you can't see any beauty in what you have created then no one else will.

The Phoenix creative scene could use . . . more clean, simple places to show work.

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

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