Hey Bill--glad you bumped the thread. It's been a while. As paulandirene noted, Willcox has a different climate than Tucson. I don't know how it is for growing figs, but it's well-known locally for growing other fruits, with several "you-pick"-type orchards.
As far as what I've learned about which figs perform well in Tucson, I'm still at the research end of the question--although I'm forming some (undoubtedly premature) opinions. I currently have about 15 closed-eye varieties (the only defense against those tiny beetles) in pots--mostly last year's UCD cuttings, so still very small. But--based on people's personal recommendations and what I've read on F4F from others who know a lot more than I do, the varieties I'm most optimistic about are Black Mission NL, Violette de Bordeaux, LSU Purple, Conadria, Kadota, Celeste, and Excel. These will all go into the ground this spring inside my "anti-aviary." I'll also plant a few others in there to see how they do--Black Madeira (sounds amazingly delicious but maybe a bit difficult), Tena, and Georgiafig's White Hybrid Unknown. Space is scarce so most will either be in a hedge as Georgiafig and others have done, or simply kept pruned to a compact size. I'll report on what works best as I find out.
Glad you enjoyed the artwork--most of it has gotten considerably too big for the fridge, but that was a great place to start! However, given the slow economy I've had to rethink my career direction, and so will likely be discontinuing the website before long. But--it was fun while it lasted!