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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.

Champ Grubbs

Drawing has always been my favorite thing to do, sketching dragons, demons and anything else I could dream up as a child. I remember selling drawings to kids in my 2nd grade class room, and eventually started selling paintings around my home town of Hailey/Ketchum Idaho Near the Sun Valley ski resort. Read more>>

Saira Chavez

I’ve always been an artist, it’s something that runs in my family and always made me stand out from my peers throughout school. I was 17 when I got my first tattoo and that was it for me. I was introduced into tattooing and was fascinated by it. Read more>>

Dylan Bellingan

I left Texas in early 2014 with a converted Chevy van packed with all my belongings, including two surfboards, clothes, camping gear and a camera. Although I hadn’t surfed much in my life, I grew up in South Africa around the Surf and beach culture and felt like it was something that was a huge part of who I was. Read more>>

Sierra Linn

Creativity is in my blood. My story begins with my incredible family, friends, and the long line of exceptional humans and creatives I come from. When I was younger, I always gravitated towards creative hobbies, but I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. Read more>>

Ben Pryce

Other than learning to surf, becoming a freelance content creator and social media marketer was the hardest thing I have ever put myself, but it has been the most fulfilling journey and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Read more>>

Blue Wesley

Blue Wesley is a San Diego-based lifestyle photographer. He strives to deliver a creatively rich shooting approach that transcends style and color into vibrant and alluring images. Read more>>

Katie Jernigan

The years I was the youngest version of myself I used to sneak into that portfolio over and over again to look through the drawings my mom had made. I wanted to make art like my Mom, and thanks to her, my Dad, my Grandma, influential teachers, my faith, and other contributing support units, I am able to. Read more>>

Ruben Guerra

Inspiring artist like Bob Tyrell, Big Gus, Carlos Torres, Nikko Hurtado and many others have been a true inspiration to me because of the work these guys do and one day I’ll be as good as them. That’s why I keep pushing myself. Perseverance is key. Read more>>

Malia Landis

Always a creative soul, I began my exploration and obsession with the medium of clay as an undergraduate student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and continued on to earn my Masters in Spatial Art at San Jose State University in the Bay Area of California. Read more>>

LP Ǽkili Ross

Art is my first language. I use many artistic disciplines to communicate – Digital Collage, Compositing, Graphic Arts, Design, and Photography, though seemingly disparate all my work is connected by a thread of inquiry into my inner dialogues. Read more>>


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