Roxanne Vise

Roxanne ViseArt as a Celebration of Life by Gussie Fauntleroy

There’s a certain creative twist of mind that asks, not “Can I do this,” but “How can I do this?” Scottsdale painter Roxanne Vise has been powered by this fearless approach since childhood, welcoming the stream of adventures sparked by her joyously imaginative, grab-life frame of mind. It’s a path that spawned a series of entrepreneurial ventures, and it characterizes her award-winning art as well.

Vise describes her paintings as natural abstraction. Drawing on the inspiration of nature’s beauty and serenity—shimmering stands of aspens, richly hued dragonflies, sparking water, magical desert environments—she follows her intuitive impulse to create striking abstracted images in acrylics or encaustic. She dips into a wellspring of experience and pulls out vibrant colors and textures. The resulting works explore emotion and metaphor while expressing a deep sense of wonder, curiosity, and love of life. The artist rarely employs a brush, instead using palette knives and gloved fingers to apply, scrape, and work the paint, producing depth and subtlety in a layered, textural approach.

The daughter of a forest ranger, Vise grew up steeped in the experience and lore of the woods. After early years in Michigan, she moved with her family to California’s Napa Valley, where she later worked in the wine industry and was commissioned to create artworks for a number of prominent winemakers. Among other entrepreneurial achievements, she also ran a charter helicopter service— learning to pilot a helicopter in the process—established startup businesses in health and fitness and founded and ran a special events promotions and communications agency. She settled in Scottsdale in 1992, and in 2003 turned her focus full-time to fine art.

Today Vise’s imagery moves between several ongoing series, guided by a sense of spontaneity and play. “Art is about that whole celebration of life, and about letting that beautiful experience come through in a splash of paint,” she says. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country.

As co-owner of Cave Creek Candles with her husband Steve, Roxanne is immersed in the production of handmade candles, creative projects and painting.

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Western movie actor from Cave Creek in new film - Locker 13

Look for Cave Creek actor, and's own, Chaz Lee in the upcoming 2014 film Locker 13. Click here for more on Chaz and 6 Gun Entertainment.  Please click the button below to check out the trailer...

Locker 13Locker 13 is a thriller anthology feature film, in the style of 'The Twilight Zone', revolving around a mysterious locker 13. It's the story of Skip (Jason Spisak, Piranha), a young ex-convict who takes a position as a night janitor at an old-west theme park. His supervisor Archie (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite), teaches him the ropes, but more importantly attempts to convey critical philosophical messages through a series of four stories: a down and out boxer (Ricky Schroder, NYPD Blue, Silver Spoons, The Champ) is given the opportunity to become a real golden gloves killer; an assassin (Rick Hoffman, Suits, Battleship) kidnaps three people in order to find out who hired him for his latest hit; a new recruit (Bart Johnson, High School Musical) is initiated into a lodge of fez-wearing businessmen where hazing can take a malevolent turn; and a member of a suicide club (Jason Marsden, Boy Meets World, White Squall) introduces real fear into a man about to jump to his death. The four stories suddenly come into play when Skip is faced with a life-or-death decision of his own.


Lance Headlee

by Sandra French

lance headleeCreator of the 2013  Poster for The Taste of Cave Creek

Once a professional artist myself, I am not only impressed by Lance Headlee’s colorful, creative paintings and the eye-catching poster he designed for Cave Creek, but I am also amazed at how well he has combined his three major interests:  sports, fine art, and fashion design.  
Raised in Colorado Springs, Lance became interested in art when he was a child watching his father draw cowboys.  After graduating from high school with strait A’s (in art, that is), he majored in art full time at the Colorado Institute of art, concentrating on advertising design and layout...

After that, he moved to Scottsdale where he studied fashion design and merchandising.  

Never contented to limit his artistic scope, Lance continually experimented with various painting styles, including impressionism and abstraction. In 1984, he went to California, where he photographed beach scenes and began producing paintings of lifeguards and beach goers based on his photos.  He also developed an original line of painted swimwear and cover-ups and sold it to well-known dealers such as Cole of California and Catalina.  

Lance returned to Arizona, where his artwork entered the imprinted sportswear market:  athletic apparel, T-shirts, and resort ware.  He also created and produced Bailey Rae, a one-of-a-kind line of hand painted, color washed fashions for women and children.
While he was working on his sportswear and fashion designs, Lance continued to pursue his love of painting.  Fresh canvases have always rested on his easels, and his output never ceases. “For me,” Lance says, “the beauty of painting is that there are no limitations…thinking outside of the box is where the adventure begins.  I let my imagination run free just like the colors flow off the end of my brush.”  Hand-eye coordination, freedom to experiment, a lively imagination, and hard work: Lance seems to have everything it takes to maintain a successful artistic career.  

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