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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.

Brittany Bender

I knew that I had always been inspired by photography and its ability to tell stories that feel so universal in such intimate ways, so I decided to try it out. I started with my phone, while I saved for a DSLR camera. I spent lunch breaks from work driving just about anywhere that I could to practice photographing things in a different light. Read more>>

Madie Ramser

I’ve always been connected to live shows, as I was in the school band and played saxophone for ten years. I started photographing for friends that were in bands when I was 19. The music scene in Simi was huge and definitely felt like a family. Read more>>

Moses Morales

I discovered I wanted to be an actor. It happened accidentally though which is kinda funny! But when I look back on the scenario I wonder, was it really an accident?… Anyway! My mom put me in a school that offered a program called Dual Immersion, so 90% of my class was taught in Spanish and English is my first language. Read more>>

Shuang Li

I chose San Diego as my adopted home and fallen in love with the natural beauty around the county. After I left my corporate job to be a full-time artist, I’ve spent a significant amount of time painting locally and still inspired by the beauty around town every day. Read more>>

Irène de Watteville

I made my home in San Diego County for more than four decades, but my birth in the Alsace region of France – and my instinctive French sensibilities – are evident in the tiles, platters, paintings, and inspired ceramic objects I am known for. Read more>>

Amethyst Gonzales-Miller

I had my heart set on becoming a professional musician. It wasn’t until I had a pretty serious shoulder injury, which led to 4 surgeries and surgical amnesia, that I was sidelined from everything I loved to do. I first picked up a camera during my recovery. Read more>>

Alyssa Razo

I’ve always been an artistic gal. Growing up I was always drawing or painting something. So although I mainly paint now, my formal education is actually in photography. I attended college at UC Riverside on a softball scholarship (not many athletes in the art department, I stuck out pretty well). Read more>>

Tucker Bancroft

I am a craftsman at heart embracing the southern California lifestyle. I have made surfboards, furniture, wooden boxes, cutting boards and more. I grew up wrenching on motorcycles and cars and got started actually in metal fabrication/welding. To put it simply, I enjoy making things. Read more>>

Delano Sounds

I would say I was fluent in making beats on the MTV Music generator for Playstation. I met a girl named Plain Jane, who is now my wife and the homie N3RO and started to take my music a little more serious and decided to purchase an MPC 2000 XL. I would dig in the crates of Record stores such as Lous Records to find samples… Read more>>

Lili Hidalgo

I was blessed to be raised by two artists, my father a professional potter and painter, my mother a painter herself. My life was filled with art and music, a painting studio and a full-scale pottery studio. I have always been a good artist; as a kid, my art teachers told me to pursue the field. Read more>>

Melanie Wand and Irena Gocevski

We love to capture real moments between families, siblings, the laughter of children, and the beauty that each person exudes. We don’t believe in a ‘forced cookie cutter’ type of session. But rather capturing the smiles and joy of every day, from young and old alike. Read more>>

Danny Berk

I love making people laugh and smile. And hopefully, I’m inspiring people as well. One of my actual inspirations is A guy named Shonduras he was the first viral Snapchatter ever. He is now a YouTuber and does other big things as well. Read more>>

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