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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.

Koy Suntichotinun

Not being able to access the tools I had in Chicago, I began focusing on illustration and lettering since pen and paper were all I had. I began posting on social media and developed a brand. Despite not finishing school, I actually started getting commissions that flourished my current career. Read more>>

Jane M. Fletcher

I have experimented with many different styles of painting and still enjoy a variety of approaches, with an emphasis on color and movement. I enjoy portraits and large abstract painting but, after making a few moderately large wood semi-functional items for myself. Read more>>

Kyle Ishimoto

Near the end of my journey, I stumbled across a runway photo. It was a picture of a model wearing a beautiful mask embroidered with extravagant jewelry. So, I began to research and spent countless hours analyzing articles, books or pretty much anything that had to do with art philosophy or fashion. Read more>>

Stephania Gambaroff

There is a time in the life of any human being when you become something. You become an X-er. It means X chooses you and you pursue X. You can’t live without it, it is an obsession, a pain, your biggest strength and alas your biggest weakness. Read more>>

Irina Madan

My art is extremely valuable to me as it represents myself. It is a part of me and who I am. I put all my heart into my creations. My main goal is to be authentic and share my own story. I just keep enjoying painting my emotions and feelings on attires as it is my greatest passion of all. Read more>>

Becky Guttin

Without knowing it, that’s where her passion for art started. Becky got a degree in Mexico City as a Hebrew and Yiddish teacher. After some years of teaching she asked for a Sabbatical year, which in fact continues until today. Read more>>

Lily Wang

I began drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil! My mother and father were supportive of my artist endeavors, and would sign me up for sporadic weekend art classes. In high school, I became more serious about improving my skill level. Read more>>

Ryan Benoit

With the successes of the blog, I started taking on select commission projects while maintaining my full-time job. I recently co-authored a gardening book, How to Window Box, and I’m now working on bringing one of my patents pending designs to market for the 2019 gardening season. Read more>>

Jano Viñuela

I started to draw out of boredom, as a child I did not like football and if I had bought all the toys I wanted, I do not know what I would be doing today. Visits to the public library also marked me, it was wonderful to have access to all those classic comics and discover the story of enlightened narration. Read more>>

Randi Michelle Photography

It wasn’t until college that my love for photography took a life of its own. I started assisting on fashion shoots and music videos in LA and fell in love even more with photography. The makeup, the fashion, and how everyone brings their unique talents to create a piece of art, was mesmerizing. Read more>>


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