Day 364: Jeremiah Grande

My name is Jeremiah Grande and I look at the world around me from an artist perspective.  I am still on my journey to find my artistic “voice”, but I have found the things I love to draw.  My first love, from my childhood, is drawing classic cars.  Recently, I developed what I call CD_Art.  With a love of the compact disk & geometric art, I have come up with a series of patterns and designs based on the geometry of a compact disk.  It has been an interesting and fun journey to see what turns up.  Being outside & drawing landscapes is another area of interest I want to further explore.








Day 363: Maggie Stillwell

I am an artist, an equestrian and a traveler. Whether traveling on horseback or on my own to exotic cities, my experiences have developed the explorer, the sage and the queen in me,  which is reflected in my paintings through bold colors and intricate designs.  Follow me on Instagram under LatigoLady, Stillwell Studio of Art, Facebook- Stillwell Art or my website at

I attended art school at the  Milan Art Institute in Arizona.   I currently have paintings at the East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville, Nevada.  I have art shows scheduled this summer at  Lake Tahoe, .    Commissions are available.



Day 362: Katherine Thompson

My first foray into the world of art as an adult was through art therapy exercises that I was introduced to in the 1990s.   The amount of energy that came forth from my unconscious onto the poster board surprised and enlivened me and I knew that I wanted to work with this newfound creative energy and that learning how to surrender to this energy would allow me to live my life in a more authentic way.   My goal as an artist is to surrender to the process of creation because  this allows my to know myself more deeply.

I began to make what I call off-loom weavings while studying fiber arts at Pima College with Claire Campbell Park.   Technically these pieces are macramé and are made entirely of knots.  I love the process of making these pieces because it allows me to slow down.  Some of my pieces are inspired by images I see in nature, or photos of nature, and some come purely from my intuition.

Collage is another medium that I love to work with.   Most of my paper collages involve working with one or two images and allowing the image to come to life in a different and satisfying way.     Though I am not Catholic, I seem to be drawn to Catholic imagery.  The papers I use are hand-painted tissue papers and other collage papers.

In 2009 I took a workshop with Karen English and began making collages from fabric.  These collages are completely free-form and are made by sewing lots of colorful fabric pieces together with interesting curves.

I find the creative process to rejuvenating and life-affirming.  My work allows me to know myself in a different and more intimate way and what comes forth in my art often informs me of a larger process in my life.

Costa Rica
10 - Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child
Earthly Delight - 18 x 19
Earthly Delight

Day 361: Stephen Michael Barnes

Stephen Michael Barnes has worked in studio painting, drawing, watercolors and a variety of other media during the course of his career. He also has been a web designer, webmaster, and online business strategist for over two decades. He studied studio painting at the University of Arizona, but as to his proficiency in computer graphics, Photoshop, video production and audio creation – that was all self taught. An autodidact by nature, and preference, Stephen delves into whatever technologies or knowledge that will aid in the successful creation of the projects of his imagination. The making of paintings is his preference.

He, along with Abigail Rothberg, operated a visual design studio “LaSilencia ARTS” during the period from 2003-2007. The studio produced a print zine as well, “La Silencia.” This was Stephen’s second zine, following the earlier “Red Dog Journal” produced in the late 1990’s. It was one of the earliest online zines, first published online through a gopher server, then later as a website. The Red Dog Journal was also produced in a printed version.

Stephen has participated in numerous artistic projects, including the annual Phoenix Art Detours, and volunteer teaching at various Arizona community centers. His paintings have also been included in numerous group exhibitions.

In 2016, he published a graphic novel “Pilgrim.” The (very) semi-autobiographical graphic novel came about through a practice of daily sketching. “Pilgrim” is available at and

Artist’s Statement, 2017:

A painting exists on several levels simultaneously. This is an alchemical transformation, a trans-substantiation.

My artmaking is a blend of traditional and digital methods and media. My recent paintings are the summation of a creation process that can involve many steps. Sometimes I begin directly on the canvas, at other times I work with photographs, drawings, watercolors or other preexisting imagery that in one way or another has prompted some kind of response or connection in me as preparation of the next step of creating the object painting. My process then can include digital creation or altering of my photographs, paintings, and drawings, the use of chance and synchronicity, or simply direct painting – whatever the steps may be to coalesce the pieces of my imagery into a harmonious whole. I think of the final work as a “meaningful object”.

Useful Quote:

“Some day, if we’re lucky (or simply humble), we will realize our true nature (even if we do not understand it), and having found the pearl, we can then tie our shoelaces, comb our hair, and get to work. Don’t worry, it will all happen as it will, and anyway Damascus will always be there for you.”
– From “Pilgrim” graphic novel.

August 8, 2018

Women Dancing
Jesus 1929
Dangerous Experiments
jones-beach (1)
Jones Beach
Abigail Sleeping



Day 360: Justin Lucero

Justin Lucero Multimedia Artist

Being born on December 1983 gave Justin a lot of outlets to love and admire during the 80’s to 90’s. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Silver Hawk cartoons, to Terminator and Alien films then to later X-men and Spawn comic books. But it wasn’t just the final works he saw on television or what had gone to print was what peeked his interest into doing what he does now, it was the knowledge and fascination of knowing how all of those wondrous works of art were made.

 “ My favorite times were being able to be by myself creating something on paper that wasn’t there and then showing it to my mom or to whomever really wanted to see it and wait for their reaction. I was I guess you could say that indoor kid that was always experimenting with what he could make or create next. “ 

Like a young mad scientist he would later try and learn every medium he could when it came to the arts. Going from painting with acrylics, oils , then to drawing with pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. 

“ I picked up the airbrush in middle school and I would paint skateboards for friends and make some cash selling boards and t-shirts out of my room. I even took calligraphy classes after regular school hours just to learn the art of lettering. Yeah, I’m nuts. ”

 Some time in junior high school he would pick up the guitar and teach himself how to sing and play. Later on Justin would venture into college to learn film and video production. 

“ I guess you could say I studied art all my life really without realizing that’s what I was doing. It was just always something I loved and I wanted to know more of what I could do with it. Not to mention, It was also a great escape from my own insecurities. When it came to me going to college I had realized I basically just watched as computers had already become the future of art so I came into the digital world pretty late when I went to learn all this crap on computers. But when I started doing art digitally it really became like a second nature once I finally figured out all the damn buttons of course. ”

During his schooling he would land some jobs with a few marketing and branding agencies it would be there he’d learn a series of newly found skillsets creating short videos for clientele utilizing , videography skills, editing and 2d/3d animation.

“ The college I went to had basic animation skills I had to really learn 2d and 3d animation myself through watching tutorial videos on Youtube.”

“ It’s funny looking back at some of the 80’s sci-fi and horror films I began seeing something about high contrast lighting and how objects coming out of darkness that just always seemed to get my attention in such a way that most of my work that I’ve done all the way from when I was a kid to even today deals in this type of lighting. “

Today Justin , does graphics and videos for local heavy metal bands, hip hop artists and local entrepreneurs that want to get their works and ideas through out the valley. He’s also currently working on a scifi/horror film project of his own titled “ Falling Stars “ which he has illustrated well over 200 storyboards and concept art for.

“ Imagery is powerful. It can make you laugh, make you cry, it can even inspire you. I’m hoping with Falling Stars I’m able to do all of that. I started this project a very long time ago I work on it every chance I get when I’m not working on someone else’s project so this is definitely going to be my lifes work. I just hope I’m not dead when it actually comes to life.“


Justin Lucero Website –

 FallingStars –

Aztec Eagle –

Fatal Malady –

Burn Music video –

MADSIGNTIST Music video –

The Aztec Eagle
Mad Signtist
FM Art
Falling Stars Panel


Day 359: Rafiq Majeed

Art is my life. I love all fields of visual art. Throughout my life I have
learned and practiced multiple types of art. I have a high education in
art and I am still learning a lot every day. I am a painter, this is the art
from which I started. People and human relations are the focus of my
paintings. I try to capture a moment frozen in time. My images come
together to tell a story about what happened before and after this
captured moment. Maybe it was my work in the field of photography
that influenced my work in this way.
I moved to the United States in 2013 and began learning ceramics and
fused glass art. I try to mix painting with ceramics, but I do not lose the
ceramic art as a stand-alone art. So I create traditional shapes and
sometimes add some touches and changes to them. I enrich the
surfaces and add another layer of meaning by drawing and painting on
Working with clay is part of my cultural history. I am from Iraq where
the potter’s wheel was first used in the ancient Sumerian civilization.
The ancient cultures said, “God created humans from clay.” So it was
one of my dreams to do something of clay.

Rafiq Majeed,Captives,Acrylic on Canvas,2015,$850
Rafiq Majeed, Circus.Acrylic on Canvas,2016.$1200
play on the pitcher 1
Play on the Pitcher 1


rise to sky 1
Rise to Sky 1
Rafiq Majeed,Dance of God,Acrylic on Canvas,2015,$700
Dance of God


Day 358: Valentin Kashtelyan

Most of my professional life I worked as medical doctor, treating patients and teaching students. I started drawing when I was at medical school and I think that I was quite successful- one of my first albums was immediately stolen. I resumed drawing several years ago, but the trigger for this was twelve years ago when in my dream I saw a beautiful sunrise in the mountains…Plus, approval of my way in art by Lou Maestas, one of the greatest artists in US, whom I am admiring. Plus, I would like to say words of thankfulness to my teachers Christina MacNearney and Matthias Duwel. I have graduated from courses of drawing and oil painting at Pima Community College. My interests are in oil, acrylics, pencils, charcoal. I am trying at this time broad spectrum in painting, including portraits, landscapes, figurative art, and surrealistic topics.