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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.

Michelle Drummy

A dream of mine was to go back and get my masters degree in painting. I just finished my first year at SDSU in their MFA program with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. I’m lucky enough to be able to teach how to make art and continue to further my own artistic career. Read more>>

Travis Enck

I made a drastic change in my life. I took out a small loan, bought an empty cargo, and spent the next several months, converting it into a home on wheels. Now, I travel full-time with my golden retriever and make brand films for fellow passionate entrepreneurs. Read more>>

Tara Booze and Josie Duraso

Our goal is to expand our understanding of what it means to be human and to illuminate the goodness and truth within each of us. By sharing yoga and mindfulness tools with community centers, schools, and other institutions, Harmonious Humaning aims to inspire a healthy, fulfilled, harmonious human race. Read more>>

Taylor McCabe

I’m a self-taught mixed media artist. Growing up, I always had struggles understanding my identity, constantly moving in and out of different social groups and changing my interests. I liked to think of myself as a chameleon-molding my outside into my surroundings in a desperate attempt to fit in somewhere. Read more>>

Anna Compton

We live on two different continents, but thanks to modern technology, we are able to create together. She is a fashion designer, and I create graphics for print on paper and fabric. I work on the brand side of it all. While creating all kinds of marketing media, digital artwork, patterns for fabric, look books, and brochures, I grow as a professional and a person. Read more>>

Taylor Montague

My goal is to defamiliarize every day without losing its unassuming qualities. The subjects that I tend to paint are not flamboyant or shocking, but rather quotidian spaces which allow for contemplation, and seek to elicit interest in what would otherwise remain overlooked. Read more>>

Jack Taylor

I can’t imagine a life without art–it surrounds us in nature everywhere and every day, and I find it impossible to avoid it. From the melodic chirp of a bird, the taste of a perfectly ripe avocado, the smell of a blooming jasmine tree, to the magenta-laced shoreline during sunset, I find myself overwhelmed with day-to-day senses. Read more>>

Shawn Michael Warren

Samantha Sapphire

I have done my best to use my passions/talents as a vehicle to help me to travel and see the world and possibly bring a bit of joy and/or inspiration into the lives of others while doing so. I now work for several companies run by talented creatives that give me the opportunity to share my true passions with thousands of people at each event in venues all over the world. Read more>>

Courtney Coffman

My guiding compass throughout this journey was the short bonus feature tracks on 2004’s “Spongebob Squarepants Movie.” Buried within the menus of this DVD were videos where I discovered proof that people could make a career out of art. Read more>>

Braden Bouchard

I always had aspirations to do something in a creative field as an adult. I got really into photography around age 12, when I got my first DSLR camera, and starting learning Photoshop. Back then, my dream was to be a photographer for National Geographic. Read more>>

Rachel Livermore

Never knew that my little hobby would one day become my passion and career. Still, though, he helped invest in that hobby, and he upgraded my little camera into something more heavy duty. When my senior year came around, I decided to do something that hadn’t been seen before. Read more>>

Gary Dunn

Art has always been a passion of mine. Both of my parents were artists and always encouraged my creativity. I was unsure how I would turn that creativity into a career until I found tattooing. Tattooing has given me everything. Read more>>

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