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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.

Sarah Jackson

Pictures! I have always loved to take them. My best friend from High School got married at a courthouse in 2012. I brought my point and shoot camera and made them pose and did group shots of family members and the couple with their daughter. Read more>>

Laura Rose

My photographing Journey began in 2014 and has been a crazy up and down whirlwind ever since. I have taken hours and hours of classes with some of the leaders in the photography industry. I seriously love learning and supporting others in this industry. Read more>>

Rosa Ruiz

I’ve been creating art since I was a small child (including a crayon wall mural that lost our security deposit lol!). My mom was always my biggest supporter, encouraging me to explore different mediums, taking me and my siblings to museums and art exhibits, and making sure we had time for any projects we were working on. Read more>>

Hayli Nicole

I started going after some unconventional dreams. Perform stand-up comedy. Go on a game show. Backpack through Europe. Observe orangutans in the wild. Publish a book. Life became a series of adventures which shaped me into the resilient woman and artist. I am proud to be today. Read more>>

Julia Pelio

That’s when I decided that I want to share my life with the world and tell everyone about how beautiful our world is and how important and fulfilling it is to travel, so I started creating videos on YouTube and writing articles about the most unique places I visited. Read more>>

Hayley Tillman

I have been doing photography since I was 13 and recently decided to do more than just my families photos and to make a name for myself. So I started Love N Lens Photography. It allows me to let my creative juices flow and I love every moment of it, Capturing special moments for families all over is exactly what I want to do with my life until I die. Read more>>

Greg Schaefer

I began making aerial topographic pieces which quickly grew to deeper textured sculptures. I work in mixed media as a sculptor currently, but I have plans for the future to create other paintings and installation work. I don’t want to be tied down to any labels. I want to keep my work fluid and experimental. Read more>>

Chad Johnston

I was capturing but at that point, it was still more of a hobby that I never could’ve dreamed would become my job every day. I had been asked to do some shoots for some friends and close family members but was more interested in shooting natural, unposed situations – beauty in the everyday things around you. Read more>>

Anny Rodriguez de Diaz

They are special! The smiles I receive in return are priceless. It is easy to love what you do when you are bringing joy to others by using your own creativity. I am constantly inspired by my peers in the industry. Everyone shares their successes, and it is a very supportive community to be a part of. Read more>>

Saul Cigarroa

Art offers an escape from the real world and later became one of my biggest talents. During my free time, I was always doodling and daydreaming outside of creating giant murals like Diego Rivera or David Alfaro Siqueiros quickly fell in love with all aspect of art from painting to computer art graphics. Read more>>


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