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!

Kianna is from Las Vegas and is a junior at Northern Arizona University studying communication and math. She loves to paint absolutely any time of the day. She is also interested in soccer, likes to sing, and loves doing anything arts and crafts related.

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.

Sunni is originally from New York state. She came to Flagstaff in search of adventure, fell in love with Arizona and never went back! Sunni started painting in 2014 while working at an art gallery in Upstate New York.  Surrounded by so many different kinds of art and artists, she was able to get a well rounded idea for different styles of art as well as a good grasp on different painting techniques. She loves to share the gift of art and finds it is a great medium for expressing one’s self. When she is not working you can find her hiking, creating, or working on her tiny house with her fiancé Kalem and her two adorable fur babies Cosmo and Rubix.

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!

Samantha has been in beautiful Flagstaff for the past 10 years. She has decided to stay after high school and begin college at our local university NAU. Her goals for the future involve graduating from the Arts and Letters college program to become a high school art teacher. She picked up painting her freshmen year of high school and has been determined to improve and learn more about art as a whole ever since. Another one of her goals is to help everyone find their artistic side in themselves, allow art to be enjoyable and to express that there are no boundaries in what you can do. As an artist one of her favorite mottos is “To live a creative life, we must lose the fear of being wrong.” -Joseph Pearce