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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.

Lindsay Payton

I’ve always found refuge from everyday life in stories. The raconteurs that made up my childhood influenced an eventual need to express my own stories through fiction, and now illustration. A few years ago, fiction was put on the back burner to make way for the drawings that were quickly taking over. Read more>>

Kelly Dickinson

I have always loved creating things. My mother noticed my artistic side at a very young age and got me into every art class she could find, whether it be drawing, learning how to make balloon animals, or summer arts camps up in Idyllwild. Read more>>

Alejandro Gatta

I started my artistic career in early 90’s as a musician. I’ve been playing in a few different bands until now. I studied photography in mid 90’s but I didn’t work in it until 2003. I took some photographic courses in 2010 to improve my technical and artistic skills. Read more>>

Sarah Dobiesz

My love for photography started my senior year of high school when I took a photography class. I was able to explore an inner passion I didn’t know existed till I first stepped into a darkroom. But not till about seven years later did I really start getting into it. Read more>>

Vanessa Kretzschmar

My life story might be a little exotic to the majority of the people reading this. Born and raised in Germany, I decided to travel the world when I was 21. My enrollment at this Design Academy had just fallen through due to a missing document, which had left me with nearly a whole year of freedom. Read more>>

Liz Lybrook

After college, I began working within the creative advertising/design industry. I enjoy fast-paced work and it provided a wonderful combination of art and business. Advertising brought me to San Diego, and although it is a very creative industry, I found myself painting less and less. Read more>>

Jamie Nardoni

I first became interested in photography in 2007, my husband bought me a camera just thinking it would be fun! It was a Sony Alpha 200 and had lenses I could switch out. I had no idea how much my life was about to change! I absolutely loved every minute of it and the best part? People were noticing! Read more>>

Allissa Smith

I fell in love with photography as a kid. I used to line up my Beanie Babies on the dining room floor and take photos of them with film. Fast forward 15 years and I became an intern photographer for a new nightlife photography website that was just emerging. Read more>>>

Audrey Mae Hernandez

after I ditched my artistry to pursue a career in higher education. I picked up my makeup train case again and decided to really commit to my craft by establishing my makeup artistry business. I have done various types of makeup artistry but my pride and joy is Bridal Makeup Artistry. Read more>>

Alex Rosenkreuz

I had initially purchased my first professional camera because I was obsessed with wedding photography and was planning on pursuing that full time. It just so happened that my wife’s cousin needed some modeling photos at that time. We did that shoot and those ended up catching a lot of attention. Read more>>

Nikki Engel

But who would have thought that living in a completely foreign country would’ve somehow lit a fire under my ass (can I say ass?) to start pursuing my deepest passions? I look back and think, ‘You moved to a different country, where you knew no one, and decided to begin your entrepreneurial conquest… Read more>>


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