I'm Craig Thornton, a visual artist based in Mesa, AZ. My work focuses on the identity of the individual as realized through surreal and fantasy settings. I draw my inspiration from all types of mythology and the concept of the heroes journey. By exploring concepts such as personal freedom, self-reliance, and interconnectedness, my intention is to depict the individual as a hero.
Drawing is my passion. Originally from New Orleans, I graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After graduating, I spent a few years in New York City where I enjoyed the culture. However, Arizona's warmer climate, wide open spaces, and beautiful desert scenery really appeal to me, so I moved to Arizona in 2005 and settled in the Phoenix area. I love it and have lived here ever since.
The purpose of this site is to share my works and to build connections with you. I invite you to check out my blog posts where I will go into detail about both the creation and content of my work as well as my influences. Also look through my featured work where you will find recently completed drawings. Definitely check out my store for original works, t-shirts, prints, and other items.
Above all else, I'd love to hear from you. Please respond to my posts with your thoughts or contact me with any questions. Feel free to connect with me on Instagram or Twitter as well.