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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.

Haiwa Wu

I branched out to drawing people later, something that was helped along by my mom signing me up for art classes. Sketching still lifes and figure drawing were some of the best things that happened to me, even though I wasn’t so enthusiastic about it at the time. The classes helped build technique and observation skills: some very important things in an illustrator. Read more>>

Shiloh Valdez and Dante

As far as the idea of what we want people to take away from it, at the risk of sounding generic, people take away from art things that are already inside them. Art is a mirrored reflection back of that person. They’re going to take out what they want to see. Every piece of art we create is how we’re thinking, feeling, or what we think looks cool at that moment, but after that, it’s not really up to us anymore. Read more>>

Alicia Becerra

Through those years I developed my skills in the cake/cookie world by creating and baking for friends and family. Competitions soon followed and I became an award-winning baker that also includes a win on Food Network Cake Wars. Cookie art has been my recent focus. It has given me the ability to showcase my painting skills, my culture, and most importantly, my passion for art. Read more>>

Maria Kim

It was a great job (benefits, nice people, fancy office) but I drained myself over work I did not care about. I felt increasingly unhappy everyday. After four years at this firm, I quit. I researched graduate programs and picked up some odd jobs, but was unsure what my next steps would be. Read more>>

Alexander Richard Nichols

I like to have themes when I weave. It started with a box of antique jewelry from a friend whose Mom had passed away. I incorporated many of the jewelry pieces and used her favorite colors to create a memory weaving. When my grandfather passed away, I created a memory weaving using his favorite ties, aloha shirts, and belts. Read more>>

Jamie Catton

My art has evolved from the fascination of people. I love how complex the human body is, thus my love for anatomy. I’m intrigued by our minds and the vast array of perspectives we can have because of it. My art reflects my love for understanding people better, which I’ve come to realize also means understanding myself better. Read more>>

Brittani Luce

Sports was my ticket to college so I felt like softball was an obligation. During softball, I was always intrigued by the photographer taking photos on the sidelines so for my senior project, I decided to learn about photography and write my research paper on “The Importance of Photography In Modern Culture and Society. Read more>>

Marion Deduyo

I always carried my camera around with me. It was like an extension of me, wherever I went, it went. If I felt down, I used my photography as a tool for healing and processing. A way to express myself when words failed me. Currently, I mainly do portrait photography but the main type of photography I fell in love with are composites that are conceptual. Something to really make you think. Read more>>

Alyssa Marie Evans

I’ve always loved photography – ever since I could remember! All my friends knew me as the camera girl. My camera then definitely wasn’t the camera I have now. Then, it was a simple point and shoot to capture all the memories being made around me with family and friends. Mostly, my grandparents. I wanted to document every moment spent with them and the family that surrounds them. Read more>>

Ashley Metler

My photography journey started in 2010 when I enrolled myself into my first photography class. It was a traditional film photography course through my high school, and it was required that we start on film first, rather than digital. Film photography taught me the fundamentals of photography in which I still use to this day, even with digital. Read more>>

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