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MEET THE ARTISTS

Our artists/instructors and art assistants are special contributors to our program for children and adults. Every Studio team member has a gift, whether drawing, painting, or design and all are talented art educators. Each has a passion for the arts, but-more importantly-for making an everlasting difference in the lives of individuals through creativity and self-expression. Our team invests its time and talent to help others feel joy from connecting to their creative side!

Carrie Curran

Favorite Artist:

My favorite artists are Mark Rothco for his brilliant color studies, Monet for his huge impasto garden paintings, Van Gogh for his passion and the intensity, Richard Schmidt for teaching my generation how to connect spiritually to representational work through elegant brushwork and strong commitment to art principles.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

I absolutely love my oil paints! I would eat them if I could, but I can’t, they’re toxic. Okay, watercolors are lovely and light and fun and acrylics are perfect for quick paintings. As long as I have a brush in my hand, I am happy!

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

In sixth grade, I painted a tempra painting of a barn which was the view outside my art classroom window. When the teacher displayed my work in the school art show, everyone loved it and I thought I must be a good artist.

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

I can’t help myself, I cry when I see others cry, especially tears of joy. We see the joyful tears often with parents and sometimes with adult painters who feel pretty good about painting for the first time in a long time. Every time I teach a Van Gogh Vino class I watch people arrive skeptical, then start to relax and by the end of a painting session are overwhelmed with joy that they actually created something! It’s memorable!

Maggie Curran

Favorite Artist:

Definitely Vincent Van Gogh and Alphonse Mucha! The colors and motion in Van Gogh’s pieces are captivating; he is absolutely one of the most brilliant painters that ever lived! As for Mr. Mucha, I discovered him when I was backpacking through the Czech Republic! I viewed his paintings and prints in a local museum as well as his stain glass pieces in the St. Vitus Cathedral! His graphic yet whimsical Art Nouveau style is just about the coolest thing you will ever experience!

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite mediums are acrylic and watercolor. Watercolor has proven to be a challenging medium but I love, love, LOVE the end results! I truly enjoy painting people and animals – it’s way too much fun to see your paintings come alive, especially of subjects that you know!

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

I have a couple. My first was an acrylic painting I did of Elton John! It was vibrant and fabulous, and fun to paint! My other favorites were a couple of watercolor pieces I created of farm animals, a cow and a rooster to be exact! My love of farm animals is slightly obsessive!

Dawn

Favorite Artist:

One of my favorite artists is Auguste Rodin. The emotional force of his sculptures inspire me.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

I typically spend most of my time in acrylics or oils depending on what subject I am working on.

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

Creating a memory for private commissions has provided me the most rewarding. A bunny in a mural for a child’s room she named and said goodnight to gave me a great memory. A portrait of a lady and her service dog after he was retired to honor their special bond was a gift to me.

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

My favorite time at the studio was during a reveal of a student’s painting. My student’s mother was overcome with emotion seeing the piece.  That moment symbolizes what I love about art, deep connections made tangible. I also enjoy each creative moment with these silly, brilliant young students and our young-at-heart Van Gogh Vino artists.

Sarah

Favorite Artist:

Frieda Kahlo and Geogia O’Keeffe, both because of their beautiful paintings as well as their fascinating lives!

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite mediums to work in are acrylic paint and colored pencil. I enjoy creating self-portraits and still life pieces.

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

My favorite painting is my very first self-portrait at age 15, because it was the first time I realized I had artistic talent!

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

Impossible to pick! But overall my favorite part is working with my students in the after school program.  Some I have worked with for many years now!

Mariah

Favorite Artist:

My favorite artist is Gustav Klimt. Mostly for his work done in his “golden phase” where he used gold leaf within his oil paintings. His Portrait of Adele Bloch- Bauer I was the first painting I had ever seen with this technique and I fell in love.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

I honestly do not feel I have a favorite medium or subject of art! My first art teacher always encouraged me to practice with different media and change my subject as often as possible.  I really think this helped me find many different techniques to create art and feel successful as an artist. I am always trying to practice combining different media to create something new – I guess very similar to my favorite artist!

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

When I was sixteen, I wanted to draw a portrait of my grandfather who had passed away to give to my father for Father’s Day. During art class in high school, the assignment was to create an image only using words to describe the object or person.  I created a large pen & ink portrait of my grandfather and was completely amazed at how I could resemble him so well with only using written words. My father was also surprised when I gave him the drawing as a gift and that will always be a memory we will share.

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

I have many memorable teaching moments at the studio. My most memorable would have to be when I was teaching a mixed media collage to a class of 6-8 year olds. The subject of the project involved my biggest fear, an alligator. I am not exactly sure how I developed this fear as an Arizona native, but there is something about an alligator that is absolutely terrifying. Nonetheless, the young artists at Carrie Curran Art Studios really know how to make an alligator seem a little less scary!

Hayley

Favorite Artist:

There are too many! I love Helen Frankenthaler’s color field pieces, Edward Hopper’s realist paintings of rural and urban American scenes, Salvador Dali for his imagination, and Frida Kahlo for the pain and passion behind her self portraits. I’m currently reading a translated version of Frida’s illustrated journal, and it’s truly remarkable. 

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My first love is acrylic paint, but I have been working mostly with watercolor and colored pencil for the past several years, and I really enjoy those as well. 

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

I created a large, realistic painting of the The Medici Fountain in Paris as a gift, and it was one of the most challenging pieces I have ever worked on, but the end result was well worth it! 

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

My favorite moments have come from the past couple of months at CCAS Summer Camp! The art shows at the end of the week bring me so much joy. Seeing the look on the parents’ faces, and how proud the students all are to show off their hard work, is so heartwarming. 

Jessie

Favorite Artist:

Salvador Dali

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

Acrylic paints and charcoal 

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

My favorite art piece I created was an abstract figurative mother-daughter painting I made for my mother.

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

The most memorable moment at CCAS was the first day of Summer Camp. The students were sitting at the tables prepared to start the first project and the teacher was about to reveal the artwork. The students we giving a drum roll and the moment they saw the artwork I heard every single child say “wow.” That moment of connecting with the students through a passion we both shared and the excitement and happiness that filled the room was truly joyful.

Bekah 

Favorite Artist:

Bernini and Dali are two of my favorite artists. Bernini’s technical skills are crazy good producing very detailed artworks. Dali is a master of surrealistic imagery mixed with realistic rendering. 

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

Watercolors are my favorite medium because of the detail achievable, array of techniques, and portability. I take my watercolor journal and travel palette everywhere including my hammock! My favorite subject is often changing, but I really enjoy portraiture. I like how emotive faces are, and the challenge of creating new ways to capture people. 

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

The very first painting that made me think I was any good at art is still my favorite thing I have ever created. The painting is a still life of my cowgirl boots, horseshoe necklace, and a sunflower. Horseback riding is a big part of my life, so the painting is a self portrait minus the self. 

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

My most memorable moments at CCAS are talking to parents about their very gifted young artists at the summer camp art shows. The parents and artists are so proud, even to the point of tearing up sometimes. That’s when what we do here becomes more than just fun, it becomes life changing. 

Kayla

Favorite Artist:

Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch, Gerhard Richter, James Ensor, Aubrey Beardsley and many more. The artists that inspire me are constantly evolving as I am exposed to more artwork and as my personal style further evolves. However, I am frequently drawn to artists that are considered subversive because they challenged societal norms during their respective time.

 

Favorite Medium/Subject:

My favorite art mediums are acrylic and charcoal; however, I have been meaning to further my skills with oil paints for some time. My favorite subject matter is people, or aspects of people. I like to explore individual expression through complex overlap or organic representations of form or through incomplete depictions of detailed portions of an individual.

 

Favorite art piece you ever created:

Thus far, my favorite piece is a monochromatic acrylic self-portrait I painted a number of years ago that is a pastiche of Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period paintings. I think it is my favorite because it was not initially intended to be a self-portrait, but a lot of my emotions transferred into the piece endowing it with aspects of my personality.

 

Most memorable moment at CCAS:

I don’t think there is one specific memorable moment, but the times students made me drawings or were proud of their artwork really stick with me. Overall, my favorite moments are the ones when I notice a student’s individual artistic voice and expression being represented by the creative decisions they get to make with their art.