Arizona Artist Kerstin Dale: 100 Creatives

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Meet artist Kerstin Dale.
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: 59. Kerstin Dale.

You might not guess it at first look, but artist Kerstin Dale's major source of artistic inspiration is Arizona -- and the Grand Canyon, in particular.

She's lived all over the state, and while Dale is technically based in Flagstaff at the moment, the artist always seems to be popping up around Phoenix. The artist and Grand Canyon river guide recently won a Contemporary Forum grant and was featured in Halt Gallery's debut exhibition, "Roaming with Abandon," which featured pieces from Dale's Colorado River-inspired plywood series.

See also: Phoenix Artist Emily Costello: 100 Creatives

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Kerstin Dale's Plywood #20 (2013) is made from Baltic birch plywood and walnut.

Fresh off a few weeks spent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Dale caught up with Jackalope Ranch to discuss the Phoenix creative scene and how she defines good work.

I came to Arizona with my family, when I was 3 years old. I have lived in Phoenix, Tucson, and currently reside in Flagstaff. Besides a couple years in Chicago for an MFA, Arizona is my home.

I make art because it's in my blood. I'm lucky; my father is an artist. Being creative is an essential part of "living."

I'm most productive when I have time to be at home. As a Grand Canyon River Guide, when I'm not on the river I am at home in my studio. Having blocks of time off to be creative lets me delve deeply into each new sculpture.

My inspiration wall is full of images of the Grand Canyon.

I've learned most from... It's hard to say, everyday bring new opportunities and learning moments. I think the key is to continue being creative is to realize when a new inspiration comes your way to take advantage of the situation.

Good work should always... Good "work" is a combination of elements; conceptual development, creative uses of materials and quality craftsmanship are all essential.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more people that support the arts!

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