Photo story: A local artist’s trials and triumphs

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(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Local artist Travis Vallance, 26, drags from a cigarette in front of {9} the Gallery in the Grand Avenue arts district of downtown Phoenix on Nov. 7. Vallance stayed in the gallery’s storage shed while the owner, Laura Dragon, visited New York so he could visit his cat that stayed in the gallery and avoid staying in his apartment that was flooded and had mold. A few days later he was evicted from the apartment.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Vallance groans into his hands while mumbling about not being able to show his art at {9} the Gallery until March 2014 on Nov. 1. Vallance had asked gallery owner Laura Dragon if she could hold a group show with him and his roommates but she said she didn’t have time until March.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Vallance stamps the hands of people who paid for a concert at {9} the Gallery on Nov. 7, when a woman walking by asks him for a cigarette, but he says no. The woman had taken the apartment Vallance wanted, he said. But as she walked away, Vallance ran to catch her and gave her a cigarette.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Vallance sets up chairs for a concert in {9} the Gallery on Nov. 7. Vallance has helped Dragon at her gallery since finishing a demanding design project at a local company, he said.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Travis Vallance sets up three canvases that he plans to paint on during First Friday art walk in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 1. Vallance said he mainly sells his artwork at First Fridays.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Vallance paints a landscape on a canvas during First Friday artwalk in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 1. After several people at previous First Fridays told Vallance they liked his trees, he said he became annoyed and decided to paint a desert landscape instead.

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(Danika Worthington/DD)

Vallance works on a landscape while people stop to look then walk on at First Friday on Nov. 1. Some people took photos of Vallance working, others just watched and a few talked with him.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Standing on the roof of his new house, Vallance chats with Michelle Sasonov on Nov. 15. Vallance recently moved into a house with three other artists.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Robert Frasier (left) recants stories from the past night with Sasonov and roommates Vallance and Ralph Muzio (right) on Nov. 15. Frasier and Vallance were up till 7 a.m. and woke up around 5:30 p.m.

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(Danika Worthington/DD)

Sasonov sets up her shot for pool while Frasier and Vallance watch and Muzio works on Nov. 15. A deceased friend of Muzio lived in the house previously, but after he past away, his partner let Muzio and three other artists temporarily live in the house.

(Danika Worthington/DD)
(Danika Worthington/DD)

Vallance paints a panda blue while Sasonov and Frasier play pool on Nov. 15. Although it was Third Friday, a less attended art walk in downtown Phoenix, Vallance did not plan to show his art that night because he said typically few people buy artwork.

Contact the photographer at danika.worthington@asu.edu

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