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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.

Marquet Jones

To me, photography has been a journey, a challenge, a hobby, and a way to financially contribute to my family. There is much sentiment in the photos I take. I started taking pictures as a child as a way to keep my family near to my heart. Read more>>

Rebecca Garzon

I am 26 years old, born and raised in the Inland Empire. I am currently in school and working towards my Bachelors degree and teaching credentials. I love photography and traveling. Read more>>

Deborah M. Allen

I continue to utilize my drawing and design abilities working with architects, designers, builders and long time work partner Joe Worland, owner of H & J Cabinets to create beautiful collaborations as custom interiors cabinetry and furniture. Read more>>

Kristina Cvetkovic

My journey began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when I was a child getting dressed up for family photoshoots with my siblings. My mother coordinated these family photoshoots once a year in the park, and it was there that my love for photography was first realized. Read more>>

Sharon Wallace

My story begins with my relationships with my grandmothers. They were both very creative and fiercely independent women. They sewed, cooked, crocheted, quilted, knitted, weaved on looms and spent time with many other such types of artistic expressive activities. Read more>>


I more or less walked you through this with my notes sent recently. Through the years I traveled extensively all over the world. After the divorce in my twenties I stayed single. Still am. I painted, golfed, fished and photographed whatever for my art. Read more>>

Alethia Redick

I wish I could say I was some child photography prodigy… but I’m fairly certain you would have heard more about me if that was the case. Really, those photos were only special for the reason that they were some of the first frames of my brother… the composition is obviously that of an 8 year old. Read more>>

Cara Olsen

The flavor of my story is like most, I would imagine; bittersweet, and a bit like a slow building thunderstorm. In a matter of days, I went from being a relatively healthy 28 year-old to barely being able to get out of bed. Read more>>

Yanira Scalise

Ever since I could remember as a little girl my passion has always been art. I won awards in acrylic painting against other California christian school competitors. I started my photography business in 2014 and since then I have never looked back. I love doing this job! I feel very lucky to have found my calling. Read more>>

Dennis Haggar

My interest in photography started when I was in middle school. We took a family road trip from San Diego to Orlando, and my parents gave me a used Kodak 110 pocket camera to take pictures of our travels. Read more>>

Christalyn Brooks

Grateful for those who are near and grateful for those who I’ve let go of. I strive for more but have always been content with where I’m at. Since childhood my life has been a chaotic tapestry in which I relentlessly try to engage in my art. Read more>>

Steve Adam

I’ve always had the painting gene but spent my 30-year professional career with the trade specializing in architectural restoration. I opened my gallery almost 3 years ago in beautiful Laguna Beach and I’m loving every minute of it! Read more>>

Laura Waldron

I never envisioned myself as a photographer, but photography has always been something I’ve enjoyed without ever realizing it. My friends and family always knew me as that person in our circle who would document everything. Read more>>

Dwight Hwang

My obsessive love for fishing and my artistic ambitions all came together during my many years in Japan on a visit to a cramped, dusty tackle shop in Tokyo. Pinned onto he walls and the ceiling were wrinkled sheets of rice paper with inked impressions of prized catches. Read more>>

Kaitlyn You

I always loved cameras. As a girl, I loved being in front of it, but as I grew older I realized how much I enjoyed being behind it. My passion for photography has really grown since then, especially these last few years I’ve had a DSLR. I’ve taken courses and brought my camera out as much as I could. Read more>>

Emily Dang

The reason I picked up a camera was because I wanted to document my sister’s time through high school marching band. Back when my older brother and I were in high school, we never had pictures during those years, so I felt it was important for me to help her document her memories. Read more>>

Kelsey Irvin

As a child I drew intricate drawings on everything I possibly could: napkins, school folders, church programs; Everything. Becoming a professional artist never crossed my mind because I didn’t realize that could be a profession. Read more>>

Carolina Arrieta

Ever since I could remember I would entertain myself by drawing illustrations that came out of my imaginition. As a child I was in love with fashion, bold colors and hand made details. I grew up in Lima, Peru, a country known for it’s rich culture and colorful hand made craftsmenship. Read more>>

Corey Leal

I started immersing myself into old blues and folk music and I really dug into the likes of Son House, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis and Hank Williams. I was enamored with how big they could sound with just an acoustic guitar and began learning to write and sing during that time. Read more>>

Cheyenne Benton

My freshman year of high school I got involved in musical theater shows, and that’s when I really started writing music. More than anything I loved telling a story, and I wanted to be able to do that through my music the same way I did through shows. Read more>>

Maria Nicola Rios-Mathioudakis

This journey was very inspiring and life changing and in many way I a still processing it. I am currently cultivating a “studio practice” in the bathroom of my mom’s home. Read more>>

Audra Rene

I have always loved the beauty industry, and by high school I was actually coloring and cutting hair for friends and family. I worked at a wonderful salon as a receptionist through cosmetology school, and completed an intense training program there after becoming licensed. Read more>>

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