takes art seriously, even
academically. He has a master’s
degree in art, teaches art at the
University of Advancing Technology
in Tempe, and founded the Chandler
Art Guild. His home is decorated
with his own works, both abstract
the kind of man who can discuss fine
art in terms of artistic technique,
canvas and historical period.
has a lighter side, too, one
populated with images of childlike,
colorful caricatures that he began
drawing for his grandson’s nursery.
It wasn’t long before he realized
that older people also enjoyed them.
caricatures employ fanciful swirls,
shapes and textures that the artist
insists don’t represent anything,
even if a viewer finds in them hints
of waterfalls, seacoasts or who
abstracts carry price tags that may
start low but can go as high as the
always was a part of Floyd’s life
but it was not always the main
source of income for the Tennessee
earning his master’s in art from the
University of Tennessee and dabbling
with a career in corporate America,
recounts Floyd, “I played graphic
designer/starving artist and decided
after a while to do something to
to Arizona in 1985 as director of
marketing for the Square D Corp.,
makers of electronics. Floyd’s job
was to sell the company’s line of
computer automation control systems.
company asked him to transfer to
Houston, Floyd declined. He used his
knowledge of computers to begin
teaching adult-education computer
classes for the Kyrene School
District and Remington College.
days, Floyd’s regular job is as
professor of art at the University
of Advancing Technology in Tempe
where he handles classes in drawing,
painting, design and art history.
long-time resident of Buena Vista
Ranchos in south Tempe recently
moved a few miles east to Chandler
with his wife Mary.
moved here, I wanted to join an art
group in the Chandler-Gilbert area
but I couldn’t find anything,” he
So he and
Mary, along with Sal and
Desi Costanza, founded the
Chandler Art Guild this summer.
About 25 people showed up for the
inaugural meeting in August, Floyd
of got unintentionally pushed into
leadership,” he said. “It’s going
fabulous. Together, we have been
developing the Art Guild and we’ve
grown to close to 50 dues-paying
Chandler businesses have agreed to
display Guild members’ art on their
walls while Floyd and other Guild
leaders search for gallery space.
been trying to find a gallery of our
own, but rent’s high and we’re
young,” he said. “So what we’re
doing is finding businesses that
have wall space” to display Guild
three businesses so far and three or
four more that we’re talking to.
We’re expecting 20-25 by Spring.
It’s working out very well for an
art guild that doesn’t have its own
hardest thing for artists to do is
find good places to display their
found a place to display when he
expanded his creativity into
of Phoenix commissioned him to
display three of his larger
creations in Encanto Park, where
they delighted children for several
months before being retired to the