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Thought-Provokers: South San Diego

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 South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Scott Stockton

I lived in Germany my entire life until I moved to Charlotte NC for college. I was an Army brat and my parents took us all over Europe. Funny how being around all that beautiful scenery didn’t spark an interest in photography for me at that time. Even when I got an urge to jump into photography, I never actually purchased a camera until we had our first child, Ella. Read more>>

Alexis Duran

I was completely immersed and awestruck witnessing the unexplainable and unpredictable behind-the-scenes documentary on Francis Ford Coppola’s transformative journey during the making of Apocalypse Now. I simply could not grasp how somebody would still be alive and sustain their sanity after such experience. Read more>>

Raquel Rhone

I’ve been skilled at drawing since middle school; arts and crafts were always an interest of mine. I decided to study graphic design at SDSU, which required me to also take several drawing and painting classes. In late 2017, I started doing custom family portraits in my spare time and fell in love with acrylic painting along the way. Bringing it to present time, I was recently laid off from my full-time graphic design job. Read more>>

Natasha Wooden

I finished my bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in sociology with the national university in 2014. In 2016, I went into a slight depression where I yearned to do more with my life and time. I remember trying different arts and crafts and candle making kept coming back around. In August of 2017 for my mother’s surprise 60th birthday party I made candles for party favors. Read more>>

Ceroromo Bragg

In 1988 my life was saved by an amazing family who taught me the values of life. Fast forward I served in the military for 14 years my last four years of service was spent with the Navy Seals. I completed two tours in Afghanistan; that’s where I created my brand Flavaapparel – fearless living and victorious ambitions. I wanted to be known for positivity, known for doing something great with my life. Read more>>

Chris Adams

For me it started with wanted to get a custom part made for a car I had. I friend of mine referred me to a friend of his that did metalworking. After I went to the persons house and we had talked about what I wanted, I asked how much the part would be. He replied that it wouldn’t cost anything because he wasn’t going to be the person to make it, he handed me a piece of metal and a hammer, and said: “you are.” At that point, I was hooked on metal working. Read more>>

LeAnn Mendoza

My life felt a little too monotonous – so I spent a lot of time searching for the right creative outlet. I picked up weaving, sewing, embroidery, painting and then a guitar – but I’ve always been interested in videography. I got a camera for a trip I was going to be taking to the Pacific Northwest and ended up taking more pictures than videos. Read more>>

Tim Ozbu

My interest in photography started my sophomore year of high school. I was looking for an elective class to take. Not many vocational courses were being offered at the time and photography seemed like something interesting to do. I began working with film and in the darkroom on photos which I found unique and interesting. Read more>>

Rebecca Robb

I have been painting since I was fifteen, but it was just a hobby. Somehow, and without realizing it, I had the notion that being an artist was an unrealistic and irresponsible career choice. I’m sure most artists feel that way. When I was taking design at college, I received such a great reaction to my art that I decided to start selling my paintings and go from there. I’m really glad I did. Read more>>

Amy Huang

I hated being in front of the camera as a child. Perhaps, it was a reaction to my father, who was always behind a camera, trying to get our family to take a decent photo. It took me till I was much older to appreciate all the beautiful photos my father took of me as a baby and a child. They are the only memories I have as a child – and beautifully documented memories they were. Read more>>


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