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Thought Provokers: Balboa Park & Hillcrest

San Diego has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists and creative professionals from in and around Balboa Park & Hillcrest that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Ryan Christopher Kynard

I got started with photography very late in life. Originally I bought I Canon T3 Rebel just so could get some quality pictures for family vacations. Then people started telling me how great photos were turning out so I sought out to become better. Read more>>

claire Marika Buys

After being rooted in creativity and given the best training genetics can buy, photography became my passion. This led me to study Media with an emphasis in photography at the University of California, San Diego. Read more>>

Brandon Esparza

I wanted to be a fine artist with watercolors and oils because my main influences were artists like greg “craola” simkins and mab graves, but then I stumbled into the world of concept art and character design and fell in love and now thats what I am working towards in my career! Read more>>

Ryan James Abribat

I taught myself guitar by the age of 15 under the guidance of my step-brother who was 8 years older than me and a fantastic player. He fed me music well ahead of my years which really influenced my young life. We had a theme with music which is “good is good.” Read more>>

Jaclyn and Erik Ryan

Armed with each others unique set of skills, Jaclyn and Erik launched O’Ryan Empire Photography, Southern California’s most sought after (pending) and talented (truth bomb!) photography duo. Together, they have coined the phrase “Light Hearted Luxury”. Read more>>

Bart Ross

I began innocently trying to capture what I saw and to my surprise, produced what the camera saw. Now I capture what can only be felt, not just visually but emotionally, maybe even spiritually as well. The journey and story continue. Read more>>

Renee LaVallee McKenna

Perfectionism and a fragile ego killed my creativity for much of my life. By the time I reached my late 30s, my need for approval had watered down enough that I could start to create things that I liked rather than what I thought others wanted. Read more>>

Brenda Winburn

I started to ask myself “what do I really love to do?” and photography was the first thing that came to mind. I bought my first DSLR, went to work and I never looked back. It’s the best decision I have ever made. Read more>>

Lea Marie Dennis

My path was definitely a meander – I never planned to develop the business I was eventually inspired to start. You can say, I discovered my path as I discovered my own strengths and interests. Read more>>

Sam Palencia

What I love the most about art and design really stems from these childhood experiences. I feel the most aligned with my sense of purpose when I am using my hands to craft something and making the things I envision reality on paper. Read more>>

Tiffany Allen

It’s not a photo of a building. It’s not a fashion photo that’s going into a magazine for superficial reasons. This is a lifelong meaning and I decided at that moment that this is what I want to do. It wasn’t even a decision – it just FIT. Read more>>

Matthew Blake, Haley Hill

We each had independent solo careers as musicians before we met and formed Girlboy. Haley Hill is a rapper from Northern California and Matthew Blake is a folk singer/songwriter from the Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina. Read more>>

Daphne Gaylord

Photoshop is my favorite toy and I spend way too many hours playing! Art has been my rock my whole life, the one solid thing that helps get me through the twists and turns of life. Read more>>


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