About us

Keli has lived in Flagstaff since 1993 when she moved here to attend Northern Arizona University. After obtaining her undergraduate degree with an emphasis in journalism, Keli was a local newspaper editor and reporter. She graduated again from NAU with her master’s degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis on conflict resolution. For the past 18 years, Keli has worked for Flagstaff Medical Center in various roles, including marketing and public relations, physician relations and as a project manager most recently. After many years of a corporate job, she decided she wanted to give the right side of her brain something fun to do, so is pursuing Creative Spirits as a side business. Keli lives with her husband, Sean and their two children, Kyle and Kayden, in a house they bought twice because they love it so much. They share their home with two rescue dogs, a Chihuahua named Oreo and a shepherd mix named Minnie.

Stephanie has lived in Flagstaff since 2007. Her favorite thing about this lovely town is that it looks like a Christmas village when it snows. She graduated from Northern Arizona University as a non-traditional student with her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts in 2016. She has proudly served the Flagstaff community at Adult Probation for almost 11 years in various roles and loves the concept of helping people be productive members of society. When she’s not hanging out with her crazy friends and family, one of her favorite pastimes is hiking with her dog Grull and improving their time on Mount Elden. Their current record is hiking to the top in an hour and 30 minutes! She loves to spoil him rotten with home baked treats and lots of cuddles.  She has always loved art and wine which makes this side business a perfect fit for her.  Meeting new people and helping them discover their creative side has been a real joy and she loves the team of artists the studio has been fortunate enough to have.   

Featured Artists

Lainey is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Marywood University where she studied fine art and graduated with a bachelor of arts in art therapy and a minor in psychology. From there she went on to work at a camp in New York as a facilitator and retreats coordinator. There, she lead team-building experiences, art projects, and community events for many diverse groups of people. As well as art, one of Lainey’s interests is gardening and sustainability. She went on to pursue this interest as an intern on an organic farm in Colorado. Adventure called, bringing her to Flagstaff in September 2016, where she is a barista, artist, and adventurer. The opportunity to bring people together with something fun and fulfilling and help others tap into their creativity is what drew her to Creative Spirits! You can find her hiking, painting, or curled up with a good book and a glass of wine.

Destanee is originally from Phoenix, Arizona but came up to Flagstaff to go to school at Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Throughout her college career she became involved in various campus programs, including leadership programs for incoming freshmen and fun, educational programs for the freshmen in her residence hall. Destanee has always had a passion for art, and loved to put creative twists in the group activities she would facilitate. Once she graduated from NAU she decided to stay in Flagstaff and became a leasing consultant for a property here in town. When she’s not working she enjoys cooking, printmaking, painting, and spending time with her three dogs Odie, Django and Kylo. She is currently working on her goal to raise backyard chickens, and dreams of one day adding a pig to her little family! Destanee loves working with groups of people, especially in a creative setting, and is very excited to be working here at Creative Spirits!

Dana is originally from Flagstaff. She graduated NAU in 2004 with a BS in Photography and a Minor in Graphic Design. The great thing about painting is that it’s an awesome stress reliever. It allows her to use the other side of her brain to let ideas, feelings and tension flow on to the canvas.  She works as a 911 dispatcher; she loves her job, but it is very stressful.  Creating art helps relieve the tension and stress that come from her occupation.
Eric is best known as a guide to the national parks but also spends much of his free time creating lovely things with his hands.  These artful creations span many mediums including woodwork, jewelry, illustration, resin, and photography.  His oil paintings however; are the most likely to end up on your wall.  Heavy in process, color and detail, Eric’s paintings are fun and vibrant.  As a guide he is able to show people the beauty of our natural world and as an artist he reveals to people the beauty that lies within.

Alexandra, also known as “Al”, is a midwestern gal originally from Wisconsin. She moved to Flagstaff three years ago to explore new soil. In her free time she dabbles in poetry, sketching/painting, photography and works for a local coffee stand. Her purpose is channeled around her passion for people and she manifests that by creating impactful interactions with others. Alexandra loves pursuing anything that will broaden her zest for life. She sees art as a way to communicate through creativity and appreciates the overall simplicity of expressing things without words.

Emily moved to Flagstaff in 2016 and is currently attending NAU majoring in psychological sciences with a minor in studio art. She has been drawing and creative her whole life. Her favorite part of art is that it allows you to convey what words sometimes cannot. Emily wants to use art to help people express themselves loud and clear, as well as teach others how to relieve themselves of stress and anxiety through creativity. This desire is what introduced her to Creative Spirits and its wonderful team!

Brooke is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but has lived in Phoenix for the past 14 years. She is currently attending Northern Arizona University pursuing a Bachelors in Psychological Sciences. She enjoyed art as a hobby in its many forms. Brooke likes all forms of art, but mainly enjoys photography, ceramics and of course painting! She believes that as long as you are having fun and enjoying yourself, anyone can be an artist.

Loretta has lived in the area for 18 years, primarily in Cottonwood. Originally from South Dakota, she majored in Graphic Design and Watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Then worked in international/ national advertising for many years.  Her diverse interests in the arts include; graphic design, mural painting, lettering, custom wine barrel painting, glass painting & watercolor.  She loves to teach and witness how creativity can be explored by everyone!

Carly was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ, and moved up to Flagstaff for school in 2014. She attended NAU and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in December 2018. When she isn’t painting with acrylics or sketching tattoo designs, Carly loves to snuggle with her cat, make great food, and enjoy the beauty Flagstaff offers. Painting has always been her outlet for creative expression, and she is so excited to share that passion with the community.

Gabi is a 24 year old Stay-at-Home-Mom to two beautiful babes under two, her Irish twins, Oliver and Ireland. She has a strong love for coffee (A.k.a. Obsession, because how else would she manage her days?) and a passion for painting and/or crafting in her free time!
She and her husband moved to Flagstaff last year and have been overjoyed with the positive new changes the move has brought their lives! She is excited to start this new journey with “Creative Spirits” and can’t wait to help you all unleash YOUR Creative Spirit!

Ray has lived in Flagstaff for 10 years now, and graduated NAU in 2013 with a Degree in Studio Art and Psychology. He is currently finishing up his MA in Art Therapy, a degree program through Saint Mary of the Woods College, and is set to graduate this year! He has been making art since he was strong enough to pick up a pencil, and loves to work with others to explore their creativity. In addition to visual arts, he is also an aerial dancer, working with Circus Bacchus and Momentum Aerial in a number of local performances.

Kailee has lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan for her entire life, up until she left to serve an 18-month mission trip for her church right on the border of Mexico. She gained many great skills and experiences from her trip, and is now living in Provo, Utah, attending her sophomore year at Brigham Young University. She is studying business and hopes to emphasize in entrepreneurship and start her own business in art or food one day. She currently has a small business in the works where she makes and sells custom paintings. In her free time she loves to paint, cook and run. She believes that anyone can be an artist if they just give art a chance. Her hope is to teach people how they can develop those skills and express themselves through the mediums they enjoy most. Creative Spirits is very excited to welcome Kailee to the team as a guest artist in Summer 2019, when she will lead one week of Creative Kids Summer Camp!