We had the good fortune of connecting with Keely Finucane and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keely, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The work/life balance is something that I am conscious of and always trying to perfect. It’s a juggling act. A juggling act made up of family, friends, creating, teaching, managing the business, fitness, and self care. I found that I am most productive when I have a set schedule and prioritize. In the past, I would try to do it all and found I would barely get anything done. I realize now, it’s important to set aside time for each activity and give 100% effort to what I am trying to accomplish. I try to eliminate or ignore distractions and be present in the moment.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In 2019, I was having trouble figuring out my brand and asked myself: Who am I as an artist? What style defines me? In the beginning of my career I referred to myself as a surrealist, but over the past 8 years, I explored different styles in both acrylic and oil paint. I discovered I loved painting in a tight, realistic style but I also loved painting loose. I grew up having attention deficit disorder, also known as ADD, and realize that I am always going to have trouble keeping to one style. I get bored, I want to explore, I get distracted by something that excites me and I want to try it. Instead of fighting this fact, I decided I am going to own it and be proud of it. I am going to continue trying new techniques, continue evolving and not put myself in one box. The fun part about being able to paint in different styles in various mediums, is that I can accommodate all budgets. I want people to know that I work on commission. If you ever want a portrait of your family or pet, or want a landscape painting, I do it all. Next time you’re trying to figure out that perfect gift for a special occasion, I am your artist and just an email away.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Food, hike, art, dance, repeat.

Some of my favorite places to go to…
Food/Drink Mexican: Los Dos Gringos 
Italian: Cibo, Fat Ox, Mora, and Avanti
Vegetarian: Loving Hut at the 32nd street and Indian School location
Breakfast: Matt’s Big Breakfast, The Farm at South Mountain
Indian: Flavors of India
Speakeasy: Melinda’s Alley, Valley Bar, Pigtails
Drinking with games: The Duce and The Yard Cocktails: Little Rituals, Bitter and Twisted Hike: Day Trip: Sedona, Fossil Creek
Local Hike: Mormon’s Trail, Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak
Art: First Friday Downtown and on Grand, Wonderspaces Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum Dancing: Charlies, Bottled Blonde
Salsa Dancing: Havana Nights on the rooftop of Dave and Buster’s, Mijana

Winona Grey 2019

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to Artlink. Artlink is a non profit organization that supports artists and creates relationships between the community and local businesses. When I moved from Philadelphia, I didn’t know anything about the local art scene here in Phoenix. Artlink introduced me to opportunities and encouraged me to push myself as an artist and owning a business. I found a sense of empowerment and a sense of belonging thanks to Artlink. I’d like to also give a shout out to Hotel Palomar, who partnered with Artlink and developed ARTLAB. I was the first Artist-In-Residence who occupied ARTLAB and I am so grateful for that experience. It is a special thing to be in the forefront of something brand new and watch it evolve. I encourage everyone to stay a night or two at the luxurious Kimpton Hotel Palomar once this quarantine is over, see ARTLAB in action, eat and drink at Blue Hound and enjoy the close proximity of being in the heart of downtown. Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to the owners of {9} The Gallery, Sean and Carrie Beth McGarry. My first gallery experience was back in 2016 in San Francisco, CA. The owner had poor intentions and was a con artist. After that experience, I wanted to only work with people who I could trust, who were professional, and who are simply good people. I luckily applied to the annual Tiny Works exhibition at {9} The Gallery and met Sean and Carrie Beth, the creative, power-couple who values art and relationships. I have had the pleasure of working with the gallery for the past few years and participate in their artist-run critiques. Cheers to the McGarrys for giving me a chance and spreading the love of creativity.

Website: www.keelyfinucane.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keelyfinucane/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keely-finucane-45344713b/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KeelyFinucane
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeelyFinucaneArt/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC841S0v9DZ2kPOKGRJAc6jw
Other: Email: keelyfinucane@gmail.com

Image Credits
01-James Lee 02- Michael Mailloux 04, 08- Marissa Neel 06- Winona Grey