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Thought Provokers: La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kelly Schott

I aim to celebrate the beauty of the feminine in all of her uniqueness by incorporating women of all shapes, sizes, and oddities into my work. Mostly, I hope to honor the strength and beauty of the women in my life who have loved and inspired me, and only hope that this may resonate with others. Read more>>

Sarah Foster

I make hand stamped jewelry with inspirational words and phrases to empower and inspire goal focused women. Honestly, I started this for selfish purposes. I wanted to keep my goals present and stay positive. It turns out a lot of women want the same thing too. Read more>>

Sydney Middleton

I have become well known for selling buttons and paintings. As those two years progressed I began to paint more and work on my art more in general. However five months ago I truly became more focused on my art, I started going to a local figure drawing class. At the same time I became physically sick, as I became sicker the desire to express what I was unable to do at the time came out in my art. In a short span of time my art transformed from a style similar to cartoons and anime to a surrealist/distorted bodies style that I am constantly proud of. Read more>>

Karen Winters

Through all the years and all the travels, a sketchbook has been my steady companion, recording Egyptian archaeological digs, the movements of killer whales, or the gestures of Tibetan monks. Now a full-time artist, I actively travel and paint on location throughout California and the western United States. I do a lot of work on commission and enjoy venturing as far north as Mendocino and south to San Diego to create original artwork for my clients. Read more>>

Evgeny Yorobe

My art is a combination of my two loves, photography and my home-town San Diego. While I definitely shoot everywhere I travel to, I’ve become known for my San Diego Landscape Photography so it is always my primary focus. Ever since I started doing this as a hobby I wanted to show the world the beauty of my city through my eyes, so this is what I’ve set out to do. Read more>>

Violet Soleil

My colleagues would tell me to look into art because they thought I was very talented. After high school, I went to art school to go into illustration. I was originally looking into being a comic book artist, but shortly after two and half years of being in school, I dropped out because I didn’t enjoy the competitive atmosphere that I was surrounded, which brings me here today. I work on my own. It is a struggle but I’m learning on my own. Read more>>

Dan Millward

I grew up doing music in church, which gave me the opportunity to grow as a musician in a great environment! I started playing drum in the church band at 11 years old. As a teenager I picked up the guitar and fell in-love with it. It became my outlet. I could express myself through song-writing and would often jam into early hours of the morning. Read more>>

Mohan Sundaresan

My art is an obsession. I live for it; not off it. My time, when I am not doing odd jobs, eating and sleeping, is spent working on the latest piece. I started painting late in life and realized that is what I wanted to do for the remainder of my life. Read more>>

Elisabeth Domaratzky

I write and play music. Whether it’s with the guitar or uke, it has a rootsy, upbeat feel. I think about how I can inspire people with uplifting and easy words. I want people to know, especially the youth, that they don’t have to turn to drugs or alcohol when they’re going through tough times. Read more>>

Elise McKenna

I’m a native San Diegan who loves to travel but always feels good about being home. I grew up painting, drawing and experimenting with different mediums. From a young age, I spent my summers at art camp, drawing animals at the San Diego Zoo. Whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say “an artist,” but I never found the path to getting there. Read more>>

Shiloh Reed

I discovered my love for photography in high school when I first started shooting with an old film camera that my mother let me borrow for school. I loved taking assigned pictures and then developing the film and working in the dark room. It was so exciting to see what would evolve. My high school photography teacher was amazing! Read more>>

Lori Mitchell

I have been drawing ever since I was a kid. My mom was an art teacher and art was encouraged in my household. We would go to art shows and museums and there were crayons and paper always at the ready. I went to Art Center College of Design and got a BFA in Illustration and I have made art my career. I have illustrated 10 books and I also teach art. I teach at the Athenaeum and also at UCSD Extension. Read more>>

Allan Toh

I spent most of my life on the fence about wanting to be an artist. I initially went to college, looking to major in art, but graduated with a BS in Biology and a Chemistry minor. I’m self taught other than a drawing class which confirmed what I already knew and an acrylic class which confirmed I was different than any other person that wanted to explore painting in the class. That gave me confidence to give art a try. Read more>>

Leah Higgins

I was born and raised in La Jolla, San Diego. I have an artistic background but my parents didn’t support me at college level to participate. My major was Social Work and Nutrition. My husband encouraged me to use my god given gift to be creative and use my art abilities. I became a fashion designer for 12 years, created my own line and manufactured and sold internationally.  Read more>>

Melissa Montoya

I’m originally from Peru. My family and I moved to San Diego, CA when I was a baby. Even though, I was very young, I think coming from a different cultural background always made me an observer and curious to learn about other people’s backgrounds. This sparked many travels in my life as well as different dwellings. I’ve lived in Boston, Paris, NYC and Peru (again). I have made my way back home though, San Diego that is, and I love it here! Read more>>

Kevin Shi

My interest in art world was awaken and influenced at early stage by my father, who was a traditional Chinese brush painter. But, I didn’t start to pursue my artistic passion until my 30s. I got into photography when I visited United States at first time. I was amazed by the beautiful landscape of West Coast of US, decided to take my impression with me to China, to show to my family and friends the images of US. I bought my first camera at a Palo Alto, at a 2nd-hand camera shop, it’s a Minolta SLR.  Read more>>

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