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Thought-Provokers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alli Phillips

I originally worked for a non profit as a coordinator. I had two friends who were photographers and they documented our trips and work and I loved having memories that lasted a lifetime. Read more>>

Lauren Rodriguez

Overall, I’m happy at the rate of growth my page is receiving, one of the most exciting accomplishments this year was being accepted into the RewardStyle family and finally having my followers be able to shop my Instagram. Read more>>

Sylvia Felice

Dressing stylishly has always been one of the ways that I have enjoyed expressing myself artistically. I started waking up with ideas for outfits popping into my head. Read more>>

Richard Kurtz

Learning to be present and focused is important to me. For many years I have painted prize fighters, survivors of life’s hard knocks. These beings are like teachers, storytellers of staying centered and self reflective, no matter what. Read more>>

Alexis Mathews

I have always loved taking pictures of people, even when I was a little kid with a disposable camera. You could find me running around with my cheap camera and taking pictures of all my friends and family. Read more>>

Ashley Shafer

Tattooing gave me the outlet to learn how to become a better artist, a better business woman, and a better human. I’ve spent many hours becoming intimate with the people I’ve tattooed, learning through their experiences and their vulnerability… Read more>>

Crystal McCaughey

I’ve always been interested in art ever since I can remember. When I was in the third grade, watching behind the scenes of Disney animation movies; I dreamt of being an animator for a very long time. Read more>>

Shannon Lee

I have always been fascinated with art; in fact, some of my earliest memories are of flipping through my parents’ old art books. But as I grew older, I was discouraged from pursuing it as a career because “artists don’t make money.” Read more>>

Kathryn Hudson

I was always interested in art from an early age but my highschool didn’t have a program. I would drive to the state capitol Jackson once a week to take life drawing lessons. Read more>>

Saul Almeida

My passion for the arts started at an early age, attending plastic and musical arts classes in Hermosillo Sonora Mexico at the age of eight, my rediscovery of plastic arts developed even more in my adolescence while I was in Alhambra… Read more>>

Sait Alanyali

I loved San Diego and decided to move here last year. Since I moved I worked as a freelance designer for start-ups but I’m also working on my own projects. Read more>>

Austin Millsap

As a child, my mom always told me that “there is no such thing as boredom! You better keep yourself busy”, thus, drawing became a way of life. Afterschool art classes were as routinely enjoyed as little league practice and skateboarding. However, for as much as I dreamt, never did I think that I could grow up to be a “professional” artist. Read more>>


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