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Thought Provokers: East San Diego

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 East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Paulette Young

I knew photography would be a big part of my life. In high school, I specialized in graphic arts and that opened a new door: editing. Although nowadays I try to keep my photos as natural as possible, its always fun to be able to edit a photograph to your heart’s content. I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning about the things you are passionate about, and being a photographer is that for me. Read more>>

Mick Phelan

Since my earliest suburban memories, I have been an artist. If you’re not familiar with suburbia, it’s a beautiful endless sea of homogenous consumerism. It’s not even a place — it’s a lifestyle, or maybe a cult. I grew up not loving art, but pictures of art in magazines and books. Read more>>

Stephanie Jackson

I customize stainless steel tumblers, sometimes the plastic tumblers but most of my sales are through the stainless steel. I use different materials depending on the style I’m doing. I use glitter, paints, inks and some spices now. They are coated with FDA approved Epoxy Resin. I love carrying a tumbler with me, I decorate them with motivational quotes, funny, sarcastic ones and some just in support of their kids. Read more>>

Savannah Buchanan

My dad is a huge artistic inspiration to me and was a skilled tattoo artist and painter. I was drawing, painting, or in art classes constantly. Always craving artistic freedom in my life, I enrolled in an Art Pathway Program focusing on graphic design, 4D design, and animation in high school. I was passionate about the projects I did throughout the years and knew I wanted to have an artistic career. Read more>

Tonya Brye

My passion for people is what drives my passion for photography. I have realized that being able to touch people’s hearts through photographs brings a feeling of reward and incredible pleasure. I want to give a voice to people through visual imagery. The story is up to the viewer to write. Read more>>

Bebe Brookman 

I’ve always been attracted to abstract art. To me, it is like a universal language. The artist doesn’t tell the viewer what to see. The artist requests emotional reaction. We’ve all experienced pain, disappointment, fear, longing, love, peace, tranquility. An abstract piece lets you feel the emotion and fill in your own particular details. Read more>>

Kathy Nida

I learned to sew about the same time I learned to draw, under the age of 10. I sewed my own clothes for a while, which is something few people do any more (I’m not THAT old). I also kept drawing and making art, focusing more on printmaking, photography, and ceramics while I was in college and for some years after that. At some point, all my skills merged into one way of creating. Read more>>

Court Jones

At this point, I sort of walk the line between two art worlds: Traditional Art and Caricature. After four years earning an art degree at UCSD, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in art. I got into caricaturing at theme parks and events because it was the first art job I could find. After a few years doing only live caricature, I wanted to up my skills and become more of a caricature painter and commercial illustrator, like my hero at the time, Sebastian Krüger. Read more>>

Manuel Ceniceros

I started college as a physics major but after a couple of years got into photography. I was published two months after buying my first camera. After that, I was hooked. I switched to photojournalism. I was photo editor of the SDSU Daily Aztec and then began working for the Associated Press as a freelancer. From there I went to the Chula Vista Star News. Read more>>

Elizabeth Kilrain

Music and rhythm have always been my lifeblood. I started playing piano in 1990, and as I navigated third-culture kid issues of belonging and identity, I found that music was a way for me to connect with cultures and communities as I walked between worlds. Read more>>

Nell Bartlett

My love of art changed when I enrolled in a watercolor workshop, in England, and learned to paint villages, churches, landscapes; all in wonderful transparent watercolor. I lived in France and England for a few years, painting the countryside and continued studies with Artists in both countries, but found that my observations did not always coincide with what others saw in the landscape. Read more>>

 

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