Known for her bright watercolor depictions of the Arizona desert, artist Paige Poppe draws inspiration from her Sonoran surroundings.

Studio Snapshot: Paige Poppe

Written by Jessie Martin Category: Arts Issue: January 2017
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Paints
“I typically make my own palettes by putting wet watercolors into [a] pan, and then work with them once they’ve dried. I also use liquid watercolors, so it’s definitely a mix!”
Skateboard
Poppe creates and paints skateboards. “I love working with wood, cutting it out, water-coloring on it, just everything that goes into this.”
Botanical Piece
Aptly named “Prickly Pop,” this original acyclic painting of a brightly colored prickly pear on a wood round was created for Poppe’s alma mater art show at Xavier College Preparatory. It is available for purchase on her website.
Studio
Poppe’s home is bright and laid-back. She says that although she has an official studio there, she can be found creating and designing in every room of the house.
 

Known for her bright watercolor depictions of the Arizona desert, artist Paige Poppe draws from “positive and creative vibes” to create her warm-tone paintings. Phoenix native Poppe began her career as an artist after winning a skateboard-painting competition while in college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Her love of the Sonoran Desert recently inspired her creativity and evolved into a bustling business based on Poppe’s acrylic and water-color designs that take the form of 5x7-inch cards, wall paintings, wedding invitations, company branding and coffee mugs. “I feel so drawn to cacti, the warm sun on your skin,” Poppe says. “I love just the scenes of the desert; it really inspires me.” Her work can be found online at paigepoppe.com, and at DeSoto Central Market, Phoenix Flea and a small boutique in San Luis Obispo.

— Jessie Martin