Creative Spirits Owner 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 13 years 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 exploring the beautiful nature we are surrounded by. 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 work with.
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!
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. Since January 1999, Keli has worked for Flagstaff Medical Center in various roles, most recently process improvement. 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 three rescue dogs as well as a variety of foster puppies up for adoption through Tuba City Humane Society.
Andrea has been living in Flagstaff for over 20 years now. She grew up here, and went to high school and college here. She got her Associate of Art from CCC and loves art in all forms. She has been part of community theater through Flagstaff Music Theater, as well as other choir and musical performances since she was a kid. Andrea is excited to start working with Creative Spirits to help teach others that painting is fun! She is very thankful for this opportunity and hopes others will enjoy painting as much as she does.
Maddie lived in Flagstaff for more than two years and is originally from Scottsdale. When she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a major in Advertising and a minor in studio art, she returned to the valley to pursue her career with Tandem Journey. Her desire to inspire and encourage as many people as possible to pursue their creative niche is what led her to Creative Spirits. She started our ever-popular Pet Portrait classes and Creative Kids Summer Camps and we are thrilled to have her working with us virtually!
Ray lived in Flagstaff for about 10 years and graduated from NAU in 2013 with a Degree in Studio Art and Psychology. He then finished up his MA in Art Therapy, a degree program through Saint Mary of the Woods College. 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. When he moved to Oregon, our little studio was heart broken but we are so excited to have him back for our virtual events.
Taylor is currently living in Flagstaff to study Studio Art at Northern Arizona University. She started as a biology major to pursue her love for animals, but realized art made her much happier! In her free time she paints, spends time with family and friends, or watches terrible horror movies. She is very excited to have such a lovely job in her field, and can’t wait to paint with you!
Maria is in her second year at NAU studying Spanish and social work. Originally from New Mexico and Colorado, it was the beautiful outdoors and adventurous people that attracted her to Flagstaff. Maria has been painting and making art since she can remember and is so excited to pour her creativity into Creative Spirits! In her free time, she enjoys climbing, running, doing yoga, hiking and camping, spending time with friends and new people, and of course– making art! Maria is thrilled to share in the creative energy of the Flagstaff community.
Shamelia just graduated from NAU and she is on an adventure of exploring life to the fullest! She studied art and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. She loves being an art teacher for Creative Spirits. She believes her experience with the studio has taught her a lot about the art world and she can’t wait to see where life takes her.