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Orange County’s Thought-Provokers

Southern California 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 from in and around Orange County that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Natasha Rindt

Born and raised in Southern California, I’ve always enjoyed sunshine and the beauty of the outdoors. I first picked up a paint brush when I was only four years old, and haven’t wanted to put it down since. Manipulating shape and color brings me peace in a chaotic world. Read more>>

Alexis McElwee

I’ve always had a love of photography. Even as a little girl, I had a camera in my hand, taking pictures of things I always wanted to remember. In high school, I took my first photography class and it really opened my eyes to the way images can capture a feeling and bring things to life. Read more>>

Monica Nemi

I’m originally from Lima Peru and moved to California 16 years ago. I fell in love with an amazing man in Orange County and we were married in Hawaii. I currently live with my husband in Aliso Viejo. We absolutely love Southern California. Read more>>

Amy Jasperson

I began shooting film photography at a young age. My dad was a detective (and an avid hoarder, I mean, collector) and brought home a box of retired crime scene film Minolta cameras and showed me how to load a roll and work it. Read more>>

Alia Eriksen

I’ve always been a crafty/Artsy person. I love teaching myself new skills and trying new things. I started with watercolors more recently, when I was in the process of decorating my new home. Since I’m an avid DIY’er, I was looking for ways to add personal touches to my home, but wasn’t excited about the offerings in the home decor stores. Read more>>

Morgan Witos

Those who knew me during the first half of my life have known the artsy side of me. I was in all the art clubs at school, I was a competitive figure skater for 10+ years, and I took several design classes in NYC throughout high school. Read more>>

Lisa Hu Chen

I graduated from college with a degree in Communications and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was lucky to land a job soon after graduation, and for the next several years I enjoyed a fulfilling career in advertising, marketing and graphic design. Read more>>

Doreen Alvare

At a very young age, my mother encouraged me to explore my creativity through art. However, I never saw what she saw. I thought one day, I would become a lawyer (because I was good at arguing, a rebellious 16 year version of myself once believed). Read more>>

Evan Senn

Raised in West L.A. by artistic parents, I was always immersed in the art scenes. Whether it was visual art, performing art, musical or otherwise, I wanted to be a part of it. I am enamored with artistic expression, and grew to have a gift in helping other people become enamored with it as well. Read more>>

Dr. Shane York, Jennifer York

My wife and I are a husband and wife team. We got into photography after our first son whom we struggled to have. It was 6-7 years of struggle and failed pregnancies, then when we had our son we wanted good photos. Read more>>

Edna Eudave

I have often been asked why I decided to become a professional photographer. It isn’t an easy answer. It wasn’t what I dreamt about doing when I was a child. I was one of those kids, you know, the genius kid, the principal’s pet, the ridiculous straight a honor student, the kid that got all the awards, the kid that was involved in everything: the school newspaper, vice president of her class, all the fun and nerdy clubs. Read more>>

Katie Trottino

My photography story begins with my girls, the little ones who made me a mama. I have always loved the art and practiced it for 15 years as a hobby. However, when my eldest daughter was born, she was the motivation I needed to chase my dreams with my whole heart. Read more>>

Noemi Tattoos

Starting my first job at the Disneyland Resort as a caricature and portrait artist greatly influenced my style in art from the beginning. I worked hard at maintaining three jobs; an apprenticeship as a tattooer, artist, and character in the resort such as Mickey Mouse. Read more>>

Kelsey Medeiros

All my life, I’ve loved to create. My mom is an artist and enrolled me in after school art programs at a young age and I think I took every art class my junior high had to offer. I first stepped foot in the darkroom my senior year of high school; immediately, I was hooked. Read more>>

Heather Brunsell

I majored in Biology. I never had any intention of getting in to the event planning industry nor did I even know it was something I would enjoy. When I planned my own wedding in 2013, all of that changed. I loved the organization and the details and of course, wedding day. Read more>>

Clarice Hendel

I worked as a graphic designer for many years then freelanced for many of the Orange County advertising agencies. After I had my children I fell in love with photography and had my second child photographed as a newborn. I watched the newborn photographer and was spellbound and knew I would be doing that one day. Read more>>

Sarah Bordelon

My art is focused on people, and my favorite thing to capture is emotion and feeling. Poses are cool, but I’d rather catch you laughing or locked in an intimate moment. Read more>>

Stevie Cruz

I can honestly say that I love newborn babies. Every little delicate feature of their faces is beautiful and unique. Preserving these details in print makes my heart happy. Read more>>

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