Phoenix Artist Noelle Martinez: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 70. Noelle Martinez.

Noelle Martinez sees inspiration every which way.

Comic books, fashion, movies, skateboarding -- they're all pieces of her life that influence the 24-year-old's art. But before those influences, she had her brothers. "My brothers first made me want to become an artist," she says. "Their influence on me led me to want to learn and create more."

See also: Phoenix Digital Artist Devin Fleenor: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Noelle Martinez

Martinez is busy at work on an pieces for "Back in the Daze," an upcoming solo exhibition at Willo North Gallery. The pieces are rooted in an exploration of afrocentric music of the '90s, including Wu Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest.

"I am in love with the idea to choose my own destiny, become my own boss, inspire, create, and do what I love on a daily basis."

Inspiring, indeed.

I came to Phoenix with my mom, big sister, and two big brothers.

I make art because I want to inspire and push boundaries.

I'm most productive when I'm surrounded by good vibes. Could be alone in the studio stoked on an idea and determined to pump it out, or with my team in the studio shooting the shit, sipping beers, laughing, and bouncing off ideas.

My inspiration wall consists of nothing but pure randomness. Motivational quotes, old skate mag clippings, graffiti clippings, sketches, pogs, stickers, logos, and whatnot.

I've learned most from my big brothers who showed me what real art all about. Also experimenting, consistently working, and trying new shit.

Good work should always be presentable. Presentation is key.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more FLAVA and steer away from the repetitive, the monotonous, the everyday. It's time for a change and I'm here to make it happen.


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See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova
99. Niki Blaker
98. Jeff Slim
97. Beth May
96. Doug Bell
95. Daniel Langhans
94. Nanibaa Beck
93. Nicole Royse
92. Ib Andersen
91. Casandra Hernandez
90. Chris Reed
89. Shelby Maticic
88. Olivia Timmons
87. Courtney Price
86. Travis Mills
85. Catrina Kahler
84. Angel Castro
83. Cole Reed
82. Lisa Albinger
81. Larry Madrigal
80. Julieta Felix
79. Lauren Strohacker
78. Levi Christiansen
77. Thomas Porter
76. Carrie Leigh Hobson
75. Cody Carpenter
74. Jon Jenkins
73. Aurelie Flores
72. Michelle Ponce
71. Devin Fleenor

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2811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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