Meet the Artist: Learn silk screen printing from Arizona artist Eli Richard

Artist Eli Richard will teach people about screen printing at Canal Convergence.
Artist Eli Richard will teach people about screen printing at Canal Convergence.
(Photo by Sean Deckert)

Name: Eli Richard

Where I live: Tempe, AZ

What I create: Sculptures, digital drawing and screen prints.

What inspired me to become an artist: My first year at Chico State I took an introduction to printmaking course and was exposed to the process of screen printing. I was instantly hooked.

My involvement in this year’s Canal Convergence: I am leading a live screen printing workshop at the event, where visitors can learn how to print. I also have a series of solar-powered lantern sculptures displayed with Local Light.

What I’m most looking forward to regarding this year’s event: I really enjoy getting to watch the public interact with public art and local artists.

Challenges of living/creating your art: The biggest challenge is carving out time. I have a full-time job in graphic design and a 2-year-old daughter, so time is limited.

Other activities I enjoy: Spending time with my family and making furniture.

If I had four hours with absolutely nothing to do on a Saturday, here’s how I would spend it: Take a nap, watch movie and cook a good meal.

My No. 1 suggestion to new artists: Build your community and participate!

Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light is a free, 10-day, public art event from Nov. 8–17, at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

This year’s event follows the theme of “The Story of Water” and will feature numerous large-scale, light-based installations, many of which will have interactive components.

In addition to the artworks, Canal Convergence features live performances, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, educational artist talks and all-ages workshops and activities throughout the event.

Visit for more information.