The Arizona Years, 1973-1983
Stafford Schliefer spent these ten years in Arizona, gathering experience as an artist by interacting with art professionals of the region such as noted native american painters Dave Paladin and Fritz Scholder and art educator Prof. Gene Grigsby, and exploring new media expression. This resulted in paintings depicting South-West Indian culture and landscapes. During this period, he continued to express black ethnic awareness in his work – including Jamaican cultural traditions and socio-political third world imagery. A sojourn as guest lecturer in Art at the Mohave Community College in Kingman, Arizona was also part of his involvement as an artist.