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 recently graduated from Northern Arizona University as a non-traditional student with her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts. She has proudly served our community at Adult Probation for 9 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. They most recently hiked to the top in an hour and 45 minutes! She has always loved art and wine which makes this side business a perfect fit for her newest adventure.   

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.

Andrew has lived in flagstaff for over 20 years now. He graduated from CCC with an associate degree in fine art and loves to paint, draw, and design. Andrew is a lighthearted person who wants to share the joys of painting with anyone he can. He believes that every person is creative at heart, and everyone can become a painter.

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.

Maddie has lived in Flagstaff for two years and is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is currently attending Northern Arizona University pursuing a major in Advertising and a minor in studio art. While Maddie primarily focuses her creativity into studio art, she also has a background in event and portraiture photography. Maddie’s favorite attributes about Flagstaff is the beautiful mountains that allow her to hike, fish, and paint while going to school. Her desire to inspire and encourage as many people as possible to pursue their creative niche is what led her to Creative Spirits!

Savannah was born in Flagstaff and moved to Prescott as a child. She graduated from Yavapai College with an associate of arts and will be pursuing an art degree at Arizona State University. During her time at Yavapai, she was able to travel to London and places in Germany, learning about history, art and architecture. She works mostly in acrylics and drawing materials, but has since expanded her interests. Above all else, Savannah wants to encourage others to pursue creativity and open their minds to new perspectives.

Jenaye started drawing and sketching around the same time she was able to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she was a freshman in high school that she started taking art lessons. She fell in love with the process of art making and the state of flow that accompanied it. She discovered that she thoroughly enjoyed working with a wide variety of mediums and that she didn’t want to pick just one. Her work as an artist spans from woodwork, charcoal and graphite, marker and mixed media work, to oil and acrylic painting. Jenaye loves the process of art therapy, which is what motivated her to complete her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She believes that making art is a process of discovery. It is about experimenting with new ideas, new combinations of mediums, and allowing herself to be inspired by new things every day.

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!

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