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Thought-Provokers: Point Loma & Shelter Island

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 Point Loma & Shelter Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

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Delete Insert first started as a solo project by Jonah Cardenas and then later became a band. I (Jonah) have been playing music ever since I was six and starting in 2015 I started writing my own music. I would record separate parts in my garage with just a handheld recorder with two mic inputs. Some songs I would start with a drum part and other songs I would start with guitar. It all depended on the song. Read more>>

Noel Medina

It all started with me taking pictures of my three kids! I would post a ton of images of them when I joined Facebook. I was working in dentistry at the time, and a patient reached out to me to inquire about taking some portraits of her three children. She asked what I charged, and I think I threw out a number of around $50.00 So, we met at OB Pier, and I shot away! Read more>>

Gianna Tesone

I had ever considered making a career out of making art. I took this to heart and realized my pastime was something much greater. I know it is one of my strengths and God-given abilities and ultimately a part of my calling and purpose on this earth. Read more>>

Natalie Martyn

My journey started at the age of thirteen when I got my first little digital camera. I immediately fell in love with the way I was able to capture the beauty I saw in the world and the people around me, freezing fleeting moments forever. Read more>>

Endiya Griffin

My story starts in a tiny apartment. I say that not to claim that my creativity was birthed from struggle or that it was suppressed by my surroundings, in fact, my experience has been quite the contrary. I was an only child born 16 years ago to a single mother and a teacher. Read more>>

Ashlyn Craig

I have always been drawn to art. As a child I had more art kits than anyone could have ever needed and took more art classes than I could count. Old (often bad) drawings, paintings, and ceramic wares litter my family’s homes. Although I wish they would get rid of some of the pieces, I also find myself getting sentimental over many of them – they serve as reminders of where I started and how much I have grown as an artist since then. Read more>>

Rio Baxter

I grew up home schooled, using my copious amounts of time with creative ventures. It just so happens that painting and writing songs seemed to be the one that stuck. I would spend hours painting all of my toys as a kid. I feel like that kind of discipline has carried over into what I can do today. Read more>>

Celeste Byers

While I was in college studying illustration at Art Center College of Design my dad asked me to paint a mural on his gigantic airplane hangar. It took me a month and during that time I’d paint in the morning and take flight lessons with my dad’s friend in the afternoon when it got too hot. Read more>>

Molly Watson

If someone would have told me ten years ago that I would be an artist and freelance designer, I would have politely smiled in agreement and then had a hearty laugh about it. I’ve been a maker my entire life but wasn’t until a few years ago that I considered myself an artist. Read more>>

Ricky Franklin

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a graphic designer. When I was young, I drew quite a lot, but never thought art was something I would pursue as a career. But I’ve always had this desire and need to create. Read more>>

Margaret Gonzales

With a love of color, I started experimenting with colored pencils, pastels and eventually acrylic painting. One day I stepped way out of my structured comfort zone and threw together a bunch of my favorite colors on a large canvas. Read more>>

Leslie Pierce

I enjoy using different mediums much like different musical instruments to create my work. In the past, I was very well known for a series of photographs titled, “Penetrations” in which Nude Male Life Drawing Models were painted Metallic Silver and afterwards in the studio, pictures of skyscrapers and buildings. Read more>>

Kim Belverud

I have always had a creative soul. Growing up, I loved dancing, painting, and calligraphy, but photography is what brought me the greatest joy. Although I took photography classes in high school and college, it still remained a hobby. Read more>>


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