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Some art is provocative, some is deep, some art is fun, some is pretty.  Some art is all of the above and some is none.  In our interviews with artists, one thing we’ve learned is that there is never a single statement or generalization that can be made about “art” or “artists.”  We’ve highlighted artwork from some of the artists we’ve had the honor of interviewing – we hope you’ll check out their work, follow the ones you connect with and perhaps support them through purchases and spreading the word about their work.

 Ashley Gallagher

I am a painter and I describe my art as pop surrealism low brow, and then people say “huh?” And then I say, “just some fun funky stuff with a lot of color man.” Pop culture, music, friends and even strangers on the street serve as a main influence for me to create images that evoke humor and nostalgia. For many years I was an oil painter but have since switched to acrylic paint because of its non-toxic and easy clean up qualities. Recently, I started a project I call “Potheads,” where I paint terracotta pots to look like beloved characters or famous people. The first thing people do when they see one of my potheads is smile. And that’s what I get a kick out of. People laughing when they see some of my art and maybe recollecting on a carefree time in their life. Read More >>

Neil Shigley

I have focused my work on doing large-scale portraits of the people living in the streets near my studio in downtown San Diego. We are bombarded in this country with images of the rich and the famous, the privileged, the ‘have’s’. I am focusing on people from the other end of the economic spectrum, the underprivileged, the have not’s, the homeless. Giving them some face time.

I was initially drawn to the incredible character that these people possess. A character that is hard-earned, though sometimes many years of life on the streets and the daily struggle for survival that that can bring. Nobility, beauty, strength, vulnerability, they are all there if we only look. The more portraits I did, the more I became intrigued by these people and their lives. Chronic homelessness is a complex issue, one that I don’t pretend to have any answers for. By presenting them as often as I can, perhaps someone will see these portraits and will have some solutions. Read More >>

Matthew Perdoni

There’s nothing fancy about what I do. And I don’t really want there to be. Art has always been fun for me and I want it to be fun for my audience. That’s how I approach it. And that’s what I love about illustration. Illustrations are traditionally light and fun and good. They help tell a story. They’re literal. There isn’t some big deep cryptic message hidden behind an illustration. Now there can be room for interpretation, sure, but for the most part the pieces are there, laid out for the viewer. I like that. Read More >>

 

Aaron Glasson

I’m an Artist. I paint murals, make illustrations, paintings and installations. I’m also Creative Director for the ocean conservation organization PangeaSeed. I’m proud of my personal work because I’m yet to do something I’m ashamed of, I’m proud of our work at PangeaSeed because we are working to help educate people about ocean wildlife and their many threats.

Mary Jhun

I am a painter, printmaker, and muralist. One of the biggest reasons why I make art is that it is a way to be present without the need to talk or entertain. It’s me on a page. In many ways it’s the truest version of myself that I can expose because my work is from my head by painting spontaneously. Hardly any planning goes into the piece except for “How big do I want this to be?” The reason for these unplanned pieces, whether it be in the style of the girls I draw or the abstractions I paint, is to emphasize the human condition having different mental states and to further acknowledge the importance of mental health at every age. Read More >>

RD Riccoboni

I like to capture important community events in my paintings and share them. A recent one being when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on all marriages, including LGBT marriages being recognized. In Balboa Park the Museum of Man and San Diego Pride partnered and flew a 60-foot rainbow flag from the California Tower, when I saw this I was so inspired and created “We Rise as We Lift Others” the painting now hangs in the California State Senate Contemporary Collection at the Capitol Building in Sacramento. What a surprise and honor for me! Read More >>

Margaret Alexis Chiaro

My goal is to best portray the subject’s individuality while engulfing the viewer in an emotionally charged specific moment. I love duality and opposition, balance over symmetry, and the idea of shared energy between people and our natural surroundings. I strive to create technically beautiful and thought-provoking oil paintings while continuing to experiment and evolve as an artist in my pursuit of creating paintings to illicit an emotional response from each viewer. Read More >>

Channin Fulton

I’m a designer-illustrator more than anything these days. I often walk the fine line of art (with a self-serving, experimental lens) and design (with its client-host, problem-solving approach). My work mindset is always naive, in the playful sense, and warmly analog, in the “hand-crafted”, iterative sense. For having no team, I’d like to say, I’m still very much a team player, who loves to collaborate.

My illustrative work is diverse and scalable – I’ve designed everything from a 2-inch weed label to a 450 sq ft church mural. The visual contexts sometimes seem endless for me, but I want my brand practice to continue towards a sun-baked, west coast vibe that’s always optimistic at its core. Read More >>

Stephanie Anderson

Upon finding an ad about a traveling art show by the name of “Pancakes and Booze”, out of LA, I submitted the work to Tom Kirlin, the shows creator. I decided to contribute to my first art show in 13 years. Tom praised my work and asked if I would like to paint a living person at the show. This was intimidating to me, but against my initial fear, I agreed and began to delve into what that meant and what it exactly entailed. Read More >>

Rashelle Stetman

There is no feeling like giving a family a drawing you created of their daughter who passed away. As the artist, you are able to take the unique characteristics of that person and bring them into the drawing. I get to know my clients in-depth and have the honor to hear their story. For example, having illustrated for Chad Michael Murray and his family inspired me. I was commissioned to draw his wife Sarah and newborn baby for a Mothers Day gift. The reaction from seeing the piece is exactly why I do this and why my job is unique. Read More >>

 

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