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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.

Jon Condry, Thomas Condry and Mike Condry

Our story begins like most artistic endeavors; with generous funding from a nefarious government agency. In return for creating visuals that would help them “train” the public on proper behavior, we’ve been guaranteed access to multiple nuclear fallout shelters throughout Southern California. Read more>>

Caity Marie

When I was in middle school I remember using my mom’s basic Canon to do mini photo shoots, practicing on my little sister, but never being really serious about it. It was such a fun time, but I never would’ve imagined having my own photography business 8 years later. Read more>>

Jesslan Urquhart

I was lucky enough to get a job in a studio at 16 and get to learn what making a living as a photographer looks like and get to see the business side of it. I couldn’t believe a job existed that you got to create beautiful imagery, and get to be a part of and capture, some of the most special moments in people’s lives! Read more>>

Jenna Gessay

The eldest of three children, I grew up in a little suburb outside of Sacramento with a storytelling, dogma-averse spiritual creative mother who happens to be a medium, and a hard-working, hilarious landscape architect father who raised their children to be independent thinkers. Read more>>

Susan Chiang

My earliest memories of creating art are happy ones. My mom enrolled me in classes alongside my younger brother when we were in elementary school. I remember sitting at tables in a garage classroom with my brother, my best friend and other kids learning everything from pencil to acrylic painting. Read more>>

Coby Lee Brooks

My musical roots stem from growing up in the evangelical church. I learned to look for the deeper spiritual narratives in life and express them musically. I played on stage in front of thousands of people. It’s how I became so comfortable behind a microphone. Read more>>

Todd Glaser

I’ve spent most of my life in and around the ocean. I’m a photographer, surfer, and waterman who has turned a passion into photography into a career starting as a SURFER Magazine Staff Photographer since 2008. Read more>>

Dawty Music

Dawty Music is a platinum duo production team. The two members are Warren Kurtiss and Tyler Reynolds. Warren grew up in Paris France and Tyler is from a Chicago… These 2 young fellas have been business partners and best friends for a little over 10 years. Read more>>

Alexa Cataline

After a few months of taking photos of my growing belly, I realized how much I loved it and decided to really invest the time into it! I saw online that Amy & Jordan’s course was on sale and I had heard so many wonderful things about them so I took their courses online and it changed my business! Read more>>

Timothy Chaplin

I have always loved photography. Each image means something different to everyone. I started getting serious about photography while on Active Duty in the Marine Corps. One of my greatest blessings has been to take my camera with me on some deployments to different countries.  Read more>>

Andrea Luna Reece

It has been a very organic and natural pursuit. I have always thought I would be a painter but everything in me kept pulling me towards clay. When I entered into college I pursued drawing and painting but after taking a ceramic class I knew right away that clay would be my major. Read more>>

Elyssa Fournier

I was an elementary school teacher from California who moved to New York City! I couldn’t find a job as a teacher so I was working retail to pay the bills and was pretty miserable. I would bake when I came home from work to relax. Read more>>

Tamara Wood

I have always admired art, but never had considered being part of the art world as I could not even draw stick figures. I was given a paint brush and a set of oils as a gift and discovered that I didn’t need to know how to draw, but just see contrast and value and translate it to canvas. Read more>>

Jessica Arquilla

From a young age I was fascinated in capturing the best version of everything I saw, whether it be strangers, a nice view, or a piece of trash on the sidewalk. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t photographing something and spending hours adding cool effects to it. Read more>>

Ryan Olson

My love of motorcycles led me to attend MMI after high school. MMI is a Technical School for Motorcycle Mechanics in Phoenix, AZ. Six days after my 19th birthday, I was visiting my father in Las Vegas, NV and was involved in a near fatal Motorcycle accident. Read more>>

Rene Gonzales

Modeling, and some commercials, and beauty pageants. The funny thing about that was, I was a Tom boy growing up and didn’t even want to be modeling. My parents made me. I went to college at Cal state San Marcos Studying Sociology and Business. Read more>>

Kelsey Overstreet

I vividly remember, in high school, my love for not only the ocean but for SURFING. I wanted so badly to recreate and express my experiences in the water. My parents helped me cut up cereal boxes and I started painting my first waves. Read more>>

Lee Wailser

Lee Waisler was born on February 25, 1938 in Hollywood, California to a politically progressive Jewish family. Growing up in West Hollywood, Waisler was surrounded by the movie business and those aspiring to be in it, which, Waisler says, came to be an important part of his development. Read more>>

Marisol Diaz

I was lucky enough to grow up being encouraged to pursue my creative interests. Because of this, I realized I had a passion for writing and filmmaking at a fairly young age. I ended up attending Chapman University, where I studied film and business and created many short films that I am still proud of. Read more>>

Dj Thuch

Growing up in a household where all musical genres were played, he was bound to become some type of musical entertainer. Thuch would take his moms tapes and cd’s and re-record them as his own mixes. Thuch caught himself becoming more fond to the different musical genres available. Read more>>

Marissa Osato

I danced competitively for ten years before attending UC Irvine where I double majored in Dance and Literary Journalism. The UCI dance department, as well as the prolific hip hop dance community in Orange County. Read more>>

Mark and Kortney Weseloh

The outdoors has always been a big part of our lives. My wife, Kortney, grew up camping, and I started towing around a trailer to different surf spots as a teenager. Together as a family, we formed this passion for the outdoors. Read more>>

Jack Robie

Ever since I was young I was told I had an “ear” for everything music. I could pick up just about any instrument and figure out a way to make something. The one thing I never got around to until I was about 17 was guitar. Read more>>

Paige Greener

Photography was something that seem to come natural to me, it was my hobby. I did yearbook all throughout high school and loved every second of it, but again, it was a hobby. Never did I think “I should make a career of this”. Read more>>

Melissa Lonoza

Art has been a huge part of my life. I’m a self-taught artist, who majored in architecture. Throughout middle, high school, and college l learned to incorporate different techniques, mediums & styles to my paintings. Read more>>

Nic Fierro

I have always had a knack for Photography and I’m very interested in what’s happening in the Real Estate Market so I started my own Real Estate Photography business. My goal is to make lasting relationships with the people I work with and help them do what they do best. Read more>>

Jonathan “Laboogie” Labuga

Exposure to Japanese animation and video games in grade school really ignited my passion to create stories through animation. Growing up, I did not realize cartoons could be so gritty, edgy, or comedically different and exposed. It was nothing like I’ve ever seen. Read more>>

Candice Berman

I actually never thought of being a photographer. I was in college, going to school to become a teacher. I always wanted to teach 1st or 2nd grade. I had been working at the bank for a while and started doing a side business on Etsy, crocheting little hats and items for babies. Read more>>

Bryna Chadwick

I’ve always had an interest in photography. Nearly twenty years ago, I started out photographing with my dad’s old Canon AE-1 SLR he purchased in the late 1970’s. I was shooting black and white film and developing all my photos in the darkroom. It was a lot of trial and error and dodging and burning to get the photos that made it all worthwhile.  Read more>>

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