By Mandy Holmes / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Justin Pierce brings art to life with his colorful, energetic and positive creations.
Growing up, Pierce was constantly drawn to bright colors, which is a constant theme throughout his artwork today.
“Let’s just say I was always drawn to color to help make my life seem happier than what it was, but I take my negative childhood experiences and channel them into positive art,” he says.
Inspired by artist Keith Haring’s street art, Pierce combines his love of bold colors with his urban California “sunshine state” influence to create the unique artistic style of his brand, J. Pierce. Every creation is painted by freehand and no two paintings are the same, giving Pierce an edge in the creative world.
Not only has he created one-of-a-kind pieces for professional athletes, celebrities and art collectors worldwide, Pierce is also currently working on designs for the W Hotel and PayPal offices in Scottsdale. In 2017, Pierce had the privilege of creating the sweet graffiti-like murals at The Art of Ice Cream Experience in Old Town Scottsdale and has showcased his art throughout North America.
Although Pierce can’t narrow down his favorite creation to date, he recently had the opportunity to put his art in motion. “I had my BMW wrapped with my artwork. It’s such a blessing to have my art on my car for people to see and smile at because it’s so colorful and animated.”
In addition to the countless murals he has devoted to underprivileged schools in Arizona, Pierce recently designed a line of luggage and backpacks for Planet Traveler, shoes for Joy & Mario, and clothes for Liberty Clothing.
“I love to inspire youth and impact their lives in a positive manner,” Pierce says. “I want everyone to know that dedication and passion go a long way.”
In regards to the future, Pierce notes, “I want to let Arizona know who I am and have my colorful artwork out there for people to enjoy.”
Follow Pierce at on Instagram at @iamjpierce and learn more about his work at www.iamjpierce.com.
By Brittany Maroney / Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Just three words – “Mommy, I’m thirsty” – transformed Juliaette Chamberlain’s world. Two hours later, she learned that her son William was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a disease that would require a carefully controlled diet and routine insulin injections for the rest of his life.
“One of my most haunting memories will always be of chasing my little boy around our living room trying to give him his insulin shot,” Chamberlain says. “He was screaming for me not to hurt him.”
Type 1 diabetics can only receive insulin via shots, unlike Type 2 diabetics who can sometimes control their blood sugar with oral medication and diet. A year later, the Chamberlain family experienced another heart-wrenching moment when their youngest child, Cy, also tested positive for Type 1 diabetes – an unfortunate rarity as multiple diagnoses within a family is uncommon.
Rather than taking this laying down, Chamberlain reached out to her local community and found a support system in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a Phoenix-based organization focusing on Type 1 diabetes research and advocacy.
“Getting involved with JDRF has given me the hope and community I need so my boys have the best chance to thrive,” Chamberlain says. “As an organization, they are lobbying for a cure and educating the communities around them. It is an outstanding charity to support because we are on the cusp of such big medical breakthroughs.”
While Chamberlain awaits that next breakthrough in diabetic intervention, she has been inspired by her own children’s strength and curiosity. In 2015, she launched a business, Worldly Kids (www.worldlykids.com), which provides a way for children to learn foreign languages, particularly those that are uncommon. Using children’s songs and basic vocabulary, she found a way to make learning languages fun and inviting.
“Worldly Kids exposed my boys to Mandarin and Arabic, and they now want to attend Global Minds, a Mandarin immersion preschool here in Scottsdale,” Chamberlain says. “Their ear for intricate pronunciations is incredible, on top of knowing vocabulary. Best of all, it keeps their minds off of what makes them medically different and highlights what makes them special. I think every child can benefit from that.”