Hey there. My name’s Coty.
If you’ve been reading my blog or seen any of my videos, you probably already have an idea of who I am.
The reason I’m making this post today is simply to give you a little bit of my background both as an abstract artist and an Arizona resident.
I’ve lived here in AZ all my life. I was born in Phoenix, raised mostly in Peoria, and have no plans on leaving. Yes, I know it’s pretty darn hot here much of the year, but I also don’t have to worry about tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards, or tsunamis.
I like the desert. I really do.
Although I didn’t always.
When I was younger I thought it was cool that it snowed other places, and thought the beach would be a cool place to live as well.
I also thought that the desert was pretty boring. Like oh wow, rocks and cacti. Ex-ci-ting.
But as I got older, I came to respect this state.
If you went north an hour or two, you had colder climates. 6 hours in just about any direction would get you to either the California coast, glitzy and bright Las Vegas or the wonderfully bland New Mexico.
We were kind of in the nucleus of it all, and I only had to go a quarter of a day out of my way. Not bad.
A few years ago, I had a job as an installer for a satellite television company.
I drove all over the metropolitan Phoenix area. From Whitman and Sun City on the west side, all the way to the stretches of Paradise Valley and even Tonto National Forest.
Now, this may all seem unrelated and not that exciting, but the reason I bring this up is because it gave me a chance to see many different faces of this great state in which I live.
I got to drive past mountains, both great and small. I’ve been to remote stretches of desert where only shrubs and cacti bloom. I’ve seen the spectacle that is the Grand Canyon, and the intricate parts of our state capital Phoenix (which is overpopulated by the way).
But probably one of my favorite things is our sunsets.
If you look at my available works (hint, hint), you’ll see that some of the names of my abstract art pieces involve “sunsets.” Like Chasing Sunsets and Arizona Sunset.
It’s not that I just name them so, I really am inspired by the breath-taking beauty of a state that I thought was once boring as a child.
Many of the colors and combinations I use are inspired by the colors that are naturally found here. I love the bright oranges of old Native American drawing and the citrus that used to grow in abundance here (which makes me sad because orange trees are slowly getting cut down or dying).
I love turquoise because of the amount of that we have here and fine jewelry that is made with it. You can find lots of it in Sedona and Prescott.
I admire crimson and dark purple and dusty pink because of the way they fill the sky at the end of the day. These sunsets really do inspire me.
I’ve started getting into copper and bronze more, based on the old minerals that used to be mined in abundance here. They remind me of the mountains themselves and older mining towns like Jerome.
When I became an abstract artist, I thought very little of colors. I simply put colors together and hoped they’d look good.
But as I started explanding my color palette, and drawing inspiration from the world around, I found myself using more and more southwest and Arizona reminiscent colors. Even more so today than a year ago.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve come to respect my Arizona abstract art. It’s a part of who I am as an artist and a person.
If I hadn’t lived here all my life, if I hadn’t had the opportunities to drive all over the state and visit remote areas and populated cities and everything in between, I may never have developed the reverence I now have for AZ.
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for reading.
All the best,