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Thought Provokers: Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jami Laree Jeskey

I remember standing there photographing the food and realizing that I loved photographing the experience of cooking rather than actually cooking. That’s how it was with most things at that point in my life, I loved photographing everything, landscapes, wildlife, people and life. Read more>>

Reece Metzger

Originally from Pennsylvania but brought out to California by the Marine Corps. Met my fiancé right before a seven-month deployment. Fast forward three years, we are living in our first house with our ten-month-old son. Currently going to school for business and also a personal trainer at Self Made Training Facility. Read more>>

Kait Peterson

Theatre helped me express myself in a whole new way, and helped me get out of my shell. It helped me express emotion through story and a character. Creating this business has allowed me to express myself in many ways, exactly how I want to; with no restrictions. Read more>>

Heather Payne

I’d found an outlet to help me cope with the emotional pain from divorce I’d been living with for some time. My art makes me happy, it makes me feel strong and talented. It’s really empowering to know I’ve created something I am so proud of! Read more>>

Ryan Whyman

I have realized that within music lies a deep, soul-searching, elevating power, which I seek to tap into with every piece I write and perform. At present, I’m finishing up an album called Fantasies & Memories. A piano-based album of cinematic material designed to transport the listener into their own fantasies. Read more>>

Katelyn Jamison

I started sewing baby items like bibs and hats while he napped, which eventually turned into opening an Etsy shop. After my daughter was born, my interests began shifting more towards girly accessories rather than fabric baby items. Since then, I’ve really enjoyed the process of letting my creativity and interests guide the evolution of my finished products. Read more>>

Willie V.

I started making beats just for fun and would be doing that for hours a day every day after school. On top of that, I always had an ear for music, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year in college when I said I wanted to start making music after looking back and truly evaluating my life which has led me up to this point today. Read more>>

Miguel Espinosa

I find knowledge in design incredibly useful, and it has allowed me to apply my sense of design to any visual media, not just realistic oil paintings. I still enjoy oil painting but am now inspired by the design of many types of art from ancient sculpture, medieval manuscripts, Movies, photography, and many more. Read more>>

Cassidy Eaton

I’ve wanted to run my own business and make all of my own creative decisions. I would rarely let my mom do my hair or pick out my clothes. The particular rebel in me always wanted to be the boss of those types of things, and not much has changed. Read more>>

Hayden Powers

I have goals, aspirations, and a hopeful outlook on the rest of my years. I know that storms will come, but I also know they will pass. Art has been the ultimate anti-depressant. Seeing how far my efforts have gone in just 18 months, it only reinforces my belief in me. Read more>>

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