I was born in Colombia, married the love of my life and raised two high-spirited and happy children. I live in Encinitas, one of the most exquisite cities inside America’s Finest City, San Diego, California.
Passion for photography was inspired by photographing my family. In 2011, I spent 5 weeks in India which allowed me to see the world differently through my camera lens. A new aesthetic was born within me observation, color, humanity, life energy.
When I returned to San Diego, I toured every nook and cranny of my beloved city and beyond looking through this new prism. After some years and thousands of images collected, someone asked, what are you going to do with all those images? In 2015, unexpectedly, I came across Photoshop Artistry with Sebastian Michaels. Through his courses and excellent tutorials, I discovered the endless possibilities of using and incorporating my images into works of art. Inspiration and passion intensified. So my journey continues....
"TO BE ABLE TO TRANSFORM MULTIPLE IMAGES INTO ONE AND CREATE AN ART PIECE...PRICELESS!" - Doriana Sinnett
Christian Garcia-Olivo (b. 1988, Santa Barbara, CA) is a process-based artist who currently resides in San Diego, CA. “My work is about paint as a sculptural medium. I am interested in the way paint can be manipulated and transformed to create different forms and textures. By forcing a liquid medium to behave in a way that it is not inherent to its natural state I am trying to control its perception.”
"Tents," a collection of my paintings of fumigation tented buildings from 2017-2018. This is the first time I've shown such a large group of pictures from this series.
I grew up on US Military installations around the world, then found myself completing high school at the sleepy site of the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia.
Eventually I shook off the military-industrial complex, spent a year studying in Spain and backpacking around Europe, graduated from the University of Virginia, and moved to Washington, DC, where I worked in IT.
After several years working as a web designer at Virginia Tech, I decided to pursue what really interested me: painting. I went back to school and earned an MFA in oil painting from Radford University.
I live in San Diego, California, where I focus on landscape painting. I’m particularly fascinated by exploring, and painting, urban environments.
It is the dynamic quality of color — that is, the constant moving and shifting of our perceptions of color — which engages me. Of course, this includes the interaction of color with light. The relationship between one color and another is always in a state of flux. For example, a particular red in one passage makes a completely different statement in another passage as it responds to the various colors surrounding it and to the ambient light of the moment.
That said, I am constantly fighting the inclination to turn to what I intellectually know about color. With these paintings I choose to challenge myself to work from an intuitive place; I am vigilant about this. The result is that each painting progresses as a mysterious adventure. I do not predetermine where it will go but rather, I let the painting tell me where it wants to go. For me, it is a precarious but rewarding process. Of course, I cannot deny that I bring many years of experience to service, consciously or subconsciously.
Layer upon layer of transparent, translucent and opaque pigments create an elusive atmospheric depth that draws the viewer into the painting and, at least partially, into my own experience with creating the work.
The paintings range from being highly energized with provocative color and explosive gestures to being serenely meditative with a subdued yet sophisticated palette and more controlled gestures. In each of them I am engaged primarily with the study of color and light.
I frequently use reflective glass microspheres which are as fickle and dynamic as color, sometimes taking center stage and sometimes retreating to barely perceptible, but always unpredictable and curious to me. They, too, take on a character of their own and contribute to the stimulating, animated conversation between light and color.
An accomplished printmaker as well as sculptor Maidy Morhous was born in Upstate New York. She currently creates out of her studio in Del Mar thirty minutes north of San Diego, California. Morhous received her Master of Fine Arts degree while continuing studies at Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris, France in the mid-1970’s. Before returning to the States she traveled to Italy to study casting techniques at the Marinelli Foundry, in Florence. Morhous became fascinated with how bronze; a cold hard metal could take on such a soft sensuous appearance, and has since worked exclusively with bronze as her form of creative expression.
Morhous explains, “I begin with an idea, an emotion, an abstract concept. As a piece develops, my original concept evolves, solidifies, or in some cases, changes completely. I see my work as relating collectively rather than as individualistic, the embodiment of feelings and emotions. In this way, my artwork is meant to be symbolic rather than representative.”
I have walked many paths in life, some chosen, many not. Just as life is a journey, my approach to art is a search- the type of search that feels like a longing and ends in a surrender to the creative process itself. Sometimes I am drawn to the absurd, and sometimes beauty, but I find the subjective nature of beauty limiting. What interests me most is the sublime, the curious, and the space in between. My work is the exploration of relationships and resistance, both arising internally and externally. The visual arts are a form of language that transcends time and culture. At times, my work is a window into my subconscious, and, at other times, a snapshot of my reactivity, my comfort, and my discomfort revealed. Whether I'm diving into the complexities presented by the nuances of being female in male dominated professions, exerting a sense of self in a long term marriage, or balancing my rebel self with the duties of motherhood to three children, now teens, I find that I am always examining and refining my identity and relationships with others, people and the natural world, through my work.
Saint Claire resides in Carmel Valley, CA and her studio is located in Sorrento Valley, CA. She shares her creative space with and actively mentors emerging neurodiverse artist Katie Flores www.inclusionartbykatie.com. Saint Claire is a Navy veteran, mother to 3 teenagers, and has been married to her partner, a scientist in the Navy, for over 21 years. Saint Claire has lived on 3 U.S. coasts (East, West, and Gulf) and on 3 continents. Her sense of adventure continues to inspire her travels and her work.
Katie Flores is a prolific and passionate painter with a natural eye for color and spatial relationships. Katie enjoys exploring new ways of expressing herself through the application of color and is thriving in the freedom that art making provides. Katie is inspired by artist Frank Stella and other color field artists. Katie also loves to paint snack food and has a growing body of work of pop art playful treats called the Yummy Yummy series. Katie is a proud neurodiverse artist (she is Autistic), and is very excited to share her talents with the world and be a source of inspiration to others. Katie has her own art studio in Sorrento Valley adjacent to her mentor and agent, Amanda Saint Claire and together they exemplify the beauty of inclusivity as they work side by side on their shared passions. Katie is also a resident artist at Revision.
Katie lives in Rancho Santa Fe with her loving parents and brother.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller
Art drives me.
I am able to find identity in the power of human emotion, and I express this through visual representations found in nature and femininity. Emotion is diverse. It is bold, yet vulnerable; it illuminates and conceals; it constructs, it withers; rages soothes. Despite all of its individual characteristics, the truest form of emotion is found during a coalescence of them all. These are the moments I attempt to capture and portray through my art.
I’ve been an artist most of my life and studied fine art in college as well as with various artist mentors in the U.S. I feel I have been and continue to be a lifetime student. I like creating large busy pieces that I can become involved with for a long time. For me it’s about losing myself in the process. I also enjoy occasionally adding a subtle political or social comment. I like working with layers, rhythm, chaos, order, shape, line, pattern, details and rich bold color.
My recent work is mostly abstract and / or figurative mixed media. I also enjoy drawing using various mediums. My paintings often combine drawing and painting using acrylics, watercolor, crayons, inks, pigment pens and collage.
I currently have a studio at The Foundry Artist Studios in Carlsbad Village, as well as in my home.
Renata Shafor is an accomplished artist who lives, works, and paints in San Diego for the last 15 years. She studied Water Color with Lola Juries and Oils with Perieta Hester, Olya Losina, Sebastian Capella, Varvara Agabekova, and Leon Okun. Her work is informed by a special attention to atmosphere and the balance of value, color, light and shade. She is inspired by her extensive travels and natural scenes. Shafor is a member of the La Jolla Art Association, San Diego Portrait Society, and Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild. She is a frequent participant in juried art exhibits and art shows and is a recipient of several Awards.
In addition to working on her current works, Shafor enjoys participating in the education of young artists and manages an art school for children.
As an awarded winning artist, I am fundamentally interested in creating works that call for the participation of the audience to the same extent as my involvement in it. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery of the story and I want to create basic human emotions. My works are in a variety of genres in Fine Art Painting, Graphic and Textile Design, and representing essential elements of global conservation. I enjoy expanding artistic practice through art education to underserved youth/adults, and emerging artists to empower those with confidence in using creativity in art as a language for a lifetime into a journey of self-exploration. Art is ever-changing and always seems to take on a life of its own, when it comes from emotions. We are always developing and becoming a better person. It is magical!
Paul Anthony (b.1969) is an American based artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting and mixed media assemblage. A former foundryman and apprentice to monumental, bronze sculptor Moon Kyung Kim, Paul also studied at Palomar College under professional Sculptor Vladimir Medencia and later with the late A. Wasil while attending the Athenaeum School of Fine Arts.
Schooled in traditional landscape oil painting and figurative sculpture,
“I am revisiting materials familiar from my youth. I have an interest in the decomposition of metal and wood as it occurs in nature. For me this is direct evidence of the physical nature of the passage of time. Nature is the great creator and my greatest influence.”
Kirsten Francis is a mixed media artist living in Encinitas, CA. She received a BFA in Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR. Francis creates intricate, dimensional collages using images sourced from magazines and books. By physically altering and rearranging mass-produced images, Francis creates something new, unexpected and deeply personal. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Southern California.
It was 1967 and the "Summer of Love" when Lisa Bebi, though born and raised in San Diego, found herself immersed in the San Francisco style of Golden Artist Educators Certifiedpsychedelic poster art. She was influenced by the designs of Wes Wilson, known for his posters for performances at the Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco which are now synonymous with the peace movement and psychedelic era of the 1960s. At that time, Lisa painted with Guitar opaque watercolors and a few fluorescent poster paints, and she thinks her color sense grew from that period.
Lisa loves nostalgia, vintage snapshots, outsider art, and abstract landscapes as well as narrative art. Her paintings are understated, narrative pieces that often evoke a melancholy mood or memory. She often uses photocopies sources from her 1950's family album as either a start of a story or as the entire story. Her technique uses a flat two-dimensional background that eliminates unwanted subtext so that personality subtleties can shine. This allows her to introduce uncommon elements, to add depth to characters, and to pinpoint exactly what she wants viewers to see. Lisa often works in a series with a decided theme in order to examine a particular idea. She finds that working this way enables her to insert humor and sarcasm with a twist toward the unexpected.
Since 2006, Lisa's work and writings have been featured in internationally distributed magazines, several art books, radio and TV interviews, and newspaper articles. More recently, her work has been recognized in high profile national and international venues, exclusive exhibitions, and showcased in international publications.
Karla is a trained as an artist, teacher, art therapist and family therapist. All these parts as well as her passion, enthusiasm and positive attitude appear in her art and in her life.
She is a graduate from the Loyola Marymount University Marriage and Family/ Art Therapy Department. currently Karla works as an award winning fine artist from her studio in Idyllwild California. She continues to teach, consult and lecture on mental health issues and art.
Karla considers Leading the talented teams of Art therapists, the amazing support system of volunteers and creating the exhibit Katrina through the Eyes of children some of her greatest works. She is proud to say that the experience of providing art therapy for the displaced families in Louisiana changed their lives as well as changed hers.
Mixed Media Artist Ginger Lou
I have been living in San Diego for most of my life. I work as an independent artist, visual storyteller and teacher, creating exciting visual stories https://pixels.com/profiles/ginger-lou
You can sign up for collage, mixed media collage and knitting online classes here...
I also am a co-host for a podcast https://youtube.com/channel/UC_qV57Q4AzvP-25hEVu1LMg
My primary media is mixed media collage. I use mixed media collage to express conscious and unconscious thoughts and emotions in an intuitive manner. By combining the mixed media components, and including items of significance to me, I create art that is truly a reflection of who I am and what I am feeling in order to project that out into the world. I take in and digest the happenings around me process them and spit them out in a graceful manner which is left for interpretation and inspiration for others.
I am greatly inspired by the natural beauty that mother nature provides, and it always has its place within my creations.
I create my art using vintage and present-day images from books/magazines etc., paint, found objects, epoxy and wood. I would describe my style as dynamic, edgy, feminine, surrealistic, emotional, vibrant, thought provoking, complex and layered.
There is much representation to show personal growth, introspection, connectivity to others and the world around us, transformation, and the adaptability necessary for life's journey. I always contribute an intention of positivity and a hopeful embrace to each piece and consistency use images such as the butterfly to symbolize transformation and hummingbirds to symbolize the necessity to keep pushing further.
I grew up playing sports at a young age and was always the kid who loved being creative on the court and the field. My favorite players were always the flashy athletes that made spectacular plays or shots. I had a very talented tennis coach in my uncle Walter Redondo who is a nationally recognized tennis player and is also a very well-known artist. I had to do what he did growing up from ripping one handed backhands to putting a brush down to canvas.
I have enjoyed drawing and painting since I can remember. Playing sports and painting is something that has always allowed me to express my creative side. Art has been something I have loved and pursued from elementary school through college. I get a lot of inspiration from sports and scenery that can be seen in my art. I would say my style is simple with a balance of color and connects with people who enjoy the same active lifestyle.
Tiffany Arp-Daleo is an abstract artist working primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Tiffany paints intuitively and trusts her instincts to guide her creativity. Her paintings will catch your eye with bold contrasts, layers of texture, and bright colors.
Photography in my mind has evolved out of painting. A painter will select a cropped image of a scene with their eyes and begin to paint, I approach my images the same way -- for the most part cropping in camera. Many people mistake my photographs for paintings, which I love and secretly encourage.
I am inspired by my international travels and all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, painting and of course from all the amazing photographers from the past to the present.
In 2018, I opened my first working studio and boutique gallery in Solana Beach, CA on Cedros in the Design District. The gallery features my diverse photography with works in progress and finished pieces all which are printed on site. All of the photographs are archival, museum quality, pigment ink prints. In addition, I print on a variety of museum grade fine art papers and metals.
My photographs are in private and corporate collections. In 2017 the Andaz Hotel, in downtown San Diego, licensed two of my photographs to create a large mural in their primary event space.
I have served on the boards of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild and the Del Mar Art Center as both an artist and director.
Janet Lawless Christ, Co-Creator and Co-Chairperson of “Art’s A’ Thrive-Inn” has been a joyous creative artist for as long as she can remember. For years she participated in the “Encinitas Arts Alive” original banner art exhibition and is thrilled to bring the socially conscious exhibition to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. One of her favorite expressions is “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.”
Hello my name is Morganne Byrnes and I am a 17 year old high school student from San Diego. From an early age I enjoyed art and would create little doodles in my free time. My interest in art started when I was in third grade. My elementary school always made each grade level do an art project but that year all of the student’s projects were hung in the Mingei International Museum. My school got to tour the museum and seeing my piece there felt amazing. I was inspired to draw and paint ever since.
The subjects I love to paint are landscapes, animals, and really anything that inspires me. I just completed one of my biggest projects and that is a mural of Vincent Van Gogh’s, “Starry Night”. I was inspired to do this mural because that is my favorite painting and I love the look of the lines Van Gogh uses. I like to experiment with different art styles, painting being one of my favorites. Currently, I am learning how to animate from online tutorials because I have always had a connection to animation from my favorite childhood shows.
In addition to being in my school’s Marine Corps Jr. Reserve Officers Training Corps program, which I find helps with being more confident and learning how to be a good leader, I have a passion for swimming and am one of four team captains for Swim San Diego. The future for me is wide open but I know that art will always play a big part.
My favorite thing about being an artist is seeing the piece i’m working on come together into its final form.
Christopher is an artist in every sense of the word. He is a painter, stage artist, and singer. In addition, Christopher is a Basi Pilates instructor, movement instructor and an equine trainer!
"Creation is our gift! We must use this gift to uplift and support our world! Everything is movement, light, water and colour!" - Christopher
Tasha Ardalan is an abstract artist and belly dancer who happens to also operate a local holistic pet product company (Foxy Treats), manages farmers' markets, mentors underprivileged youth, and is the Program Coordinator for the San Diego Region Irrigated Lands Group. Growing up on her parents' horse ranch in Valley Center, Tasha has a deep appreciation for the natural world and the inter-connectivity of all life.
Welcome Pet Lovers!
My name is Masie Kuh. I am a full time artist and animal lover. Both of which I have been since I can remember. All my life I have strived to help animals in need and support those who love their pets. With my pet portraits, I have found a way to bring joy to pet owner's lives and do what I love.
Jenessa Goodman is a NYC ex-pat who relocated to Encinitas, California in 2011. Though she was born in San Diego and raised in California and New Mexico, her many years of traveling and living in a wide variety of locales has colored the lens through which she views life today.
Jenessa's artwork is an intelligent, thoughtful and emotionally sophisticated exploration of contemporary art. She delves deep into the pattern language of nature, seeking visual rhythms and elegant shapes. Her striking imagery, the result of a lifetime of gathering, highlights the abstract in nature, and the esoteric within the familiar. Textures and images from nature are reimagined and reworked. Her art is inspired by dreams, archetypes, and patterns of movement. For Jenessa, creating artwork is an offering to the collective human experience and a homage to the mystical and spiritual aspects of everyday life.
Through art, Jenessa seeks to strengthen the links between different realities. Though originally trained as a sculptor and printmaker, Jenessa’s current works are primarily large-scale ink and gouache pieces on watercolor paper. The art she’s made in the last few years is charged with emotion. It documents the alchemical process of personal growth, change and rebirth.
Born in 1979, Jenessa attended The School of degree from The Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The San Francisco Art Institute. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently pursuing a PhD in depth psychology and integrative healing practices from Pacifica Graduate Institute as well. In addition to being an artist, Jenessa works in private practice as a psychotherapist.
Jim McConlogue lives in Encinitas where he paints with oil, both in plein-air and out of his home studio. Jim is available on a commission basis to paint images specifically designed for your home or office.
Find more of Jim’s work at The Corner Frame Shop & Leucadia Art Gallery.
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jim mcconlogue/
I live in San Diego, California, but my heart is where the animals are. My ultimate goal in creating artworks about creatures that I revere and adore, is to create a visual voice for them and their stories. My colorful graffiti-like style is a contemporary vocabulary and a method for displaying the layers of the animals’ energy, beauty and struggles.
Keeping animals safe and wild is the driving force in my work. I donate works, awards, and sales revenue to amazing organizations such as HelpingRhinos, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lions Tigers and Bears and many more. These are the people and non-profits that align with my own heart and deserve the efforts of my life’s work.
In our age of technological discoveries countless mysteries are considered. Measurements are taken, details categorized and solutions applied with increasing speed and efficiency. But what about the unexpected elements, unpredictable events, hints of sublime energies – those parts of reality that are not to be tangibly defined?
I believe that Art is the language that can express that extra flavor to life that thrives in the imagination. I want to communicate that hint of wondrous Beauty that is part of the everyday…hiding, so to speak, in plain sight. I want to encourage a viewer to look for the mysteries, the infinite possibilities, that dwell beneath the surface of the “normal”. By introducing colors or angles or textures or subject matter in unpredictable ways, I find the courage to Dream Bigger.
Hi I’m Ryan, I’d like to think of myself as a creative person. When I’m not thinking of my next big project, I’m either at drawing or hangin’ out with my dog Fred!
I grew up in Riverside, CA. Graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in “Fine Arts Illustration”. I freelance all over Los Angeles for studios such as Nickelodeon, Disney and Dreamworks. I have also done Illustrations for various art shows around Los Angeles. My style is often described as humorous and lighthearted. Which is always great to hear because it’s how I view life and how I represent myself through my art.
I also am a huge comedy nerd who performs improv all over Los Angeles. This art form has surprisingly helped me become a better artist by helping me let go of my fear of the unknown.