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The San Diego Arts & Culture Weekly Review

Throughout history, societies and communities that embraced the arts often found themselves at the forefront of social and political change – decades ahead of those that have discouraged or diminished the role of the arts in their societies.  Our rich history of social and political progress is due in no small part to the active and courageous artistic community that calls Southern California home. We hope that by highlighting the rising stars of our local art community on a weekly basis, we can help increase our community’s engagement with local art and the artists that devote their life to moving society forward.


It’s ok to fail miserably. What’s not ok, is to give up. I think it’s easy for people to assume that everything just comes easy to someone with talent. Almost like they can do no wrong, or that everything they create is “perfect.” But the truth is, I can draw a million faces and sometimes it just isn’t my night. Like all great artists, true talent is attained through a process of repetition. True talent takes hours and hours of grueling persistence. It takes trial and error and it takes failure more times than it takes success. I can’t tell you how many pieces I’ve literally cried over because I spent so much time on them and I just couldn’t stand to look at them when I finished. I would often plague myself with thoughts that shed light on the possibilities of what people might think if they had seen that I had created something that didn’t look very good. Would they think I had no talent? Would they dismiss me as a real artist? I would often throw my brushes down and grieve briefly in the belief that maybe I just wasn’t cut out to be an artist. I would have these short moments of self sabotage, where I would swear off art all together, followed by yet again, more attempts to better my abilities. This is a cycle I ran around in for years and still do. In fact I called my roommate tonight when I finished this piece and forced him to tell me that it looked “ok,” just so I could feel better about sharing it. But it didn’t work. The truth is, even now, 10 years into art, I am still just a student. I still have pieces that make me cringe and that fall short of the expectation I had created in my mind of what I had wished it could be. It wasn’t until I got off the phone with him that I realized how ridiculous my perception of this piece of art had been. I mean, it’s made out of a single packet of dried coffee creamer for Christ sake. Who does that?! I do. I create with just about anything I can get my hands on, and it’s not always stunning. Sometimes it’s just about experimenting and seeing what’s possible. I decided to get over my fear and share this piece anyway. This is not my best work, no… but I enjoyed every moment of creating it. So here it is. #FailedAttempt

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The Night Within Creates Stars Oil on wood panel | 8" tondo | 2016 Available through @abendgallery . . A companion piece to my painting “Through Darkness Comes Light” (which you can find in my profile). It also deals with the same theme: life-force coming from within, made manifest. Red is showing up a lot in my work lately. I guess you could say that this is the first inkling of that. 🙂 . . . #AllTooHuman #contemporaryart #figurativeart #oilpainting #light #abendgallery #artcollector #arte #contemporarypainting #contemporarypainter #artist #contemporaryrealism #oiloncanvas #fineart #instaart #artlovers #americanartcollector #fineartconnoisseurmagazine #beautifulbizarre #creativeuprising #figurepainting #artistsoninstagram #aixaoliveras

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Gouache sketch “Luey the Surf” tribute to Rick Griffin .

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  1. Wade Koniakowsky

    March 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for including us!

  2. Durba Sen

    June 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you for the feature!

  3. Irene Eaves

    August 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Large scale abstract artist. Acrylic painter and lifestyle products. Works between Vancouver BC and Northern California. 604 316 8119

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