How Collaboration Begins

Artist, collaboration, Elli & John Milan, paint, Thessaloniki Greece, Queen Creek, Arizona

Canyon Creek Art Expo



It was late summer, 2004, in Thessaloniki Greece. The Milans had been living and working at their studio in Kalamaria for the last few months. They were living in a 900 sq. foot flat 4 floors up with no elevator with 3 small children. The oldest was 5. Their studio floor was littered with countless attempts of sellable art and a multitude of failures. They had been trying to reach new levels and break into unknown creative territory only to exasperate in utter frustration. One summer afternoon while the artist couple sat talking in their studio sipping their frappe coffees while most of Greece enjoyed their siesta, is when the collaboration miracle happened. It was then that heaven had finally heard the cry of their hearts and answered in perfect ironic poetry.

John and Elli had wanted to work together on the same piece for years and tried…

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