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Meet Deron Cohen of in Clairemont

Today we’d like to introduce you to Deron Cohen.

Deron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have wanted to be an artist since I was very young and always pursued that dream. After practicing throughout my youth and continuing to learn more about art making at UCLA, I started to apply everything I’d learned and paint. Over the years, I veered into graphic design, but I always continued to paint.

About 15 years ago, I began to teach others how to express themselves creatively through painting. I taught at a couple of different studios in San Diego and eventually started working for myself. I continue to make and sell artwork as well as teach people of all ages and walks of life how to make art.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being an artist and teacher has not been a smooth road. There is a lot of competition in the art business and while I may be a good artist, I have been learning how to be a better businessman. There have been many valuable lessons through the years. I don’t have a steady pay check and I usually have to cobble together a few different gigs in order to make ends meet. Still, I love what I do and feel appreciated by my students and patrons.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
As an artist, I’m known for my oil paintings. They are strange but beautiful and ultimately unique. I take a lot of pride in making original artwork with a high level of craftsmanship. As a teaching artist, I’m known for getting good results out of my students. I have contracts with two non-profit arts organizations that send me into underserved classrooms all over San Diego to teach cool art projects to San Diego students. I have also been involved with teaching some of these student’s integrative arts. This program aims to integrate art with other subjects like English or Science in order to meet core curriculum standards for that subject. I am also proud to do art workshops with injured military personnel at the naval hospital in Balboa Park.

Whether making art or teaching others how to make it, I always try to provide the highest quality service. In a world filled with destruction, I believe that art and art making help heal the individual and the world. It is my mission to facilitate that healing.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Although being an artist isn’t stable, it is always exciting and there are new opportunities that pop up all the time. I am always looking for new ways to gain exposure for my work and new organizations and groups that might benefit from my expertise. My plan is to build on my accomplishments and do more of the same.

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Image Credit:
Jennifer Quest

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