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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.

Tyler Pierce

And the only thing I wanted to do is translate those stories into a physical form of art. The darker the story, the better. I’ve always gotten along with the people that can see beauty in this kind of art. It binds this community together, and it’s wonderful to know these stories are not alien to other humans. Read more>>

Bronle Crosby

I am grateful for the very talented artists in town who gave of themselves to teach and nurture, and who offered me new ideas and skills that kept my hand in throughout the early career, marriage, and child-rearing years. Some people go to a book club; my kids called my life drawing classes, “The Naked Ladies’ Club.” I still call it that, even when I am the one teaching it. Read more>>

Tarah Marie Martindale

I eventually found the strength to fight for my truth and seek my happiness, I left the church, and everyone in it who judged me less worthy because of my decision to leave. The last few years have been so so great, I’ve learned and continue to learn so much about myself, what I want to be doing, what brings me joy and how to juggle dream goals and practical reality. Read more>>

Carolin Peters Hosac

I believe that this act of looking carefully, and of noticing, which is what happens when you draw and paint, is inherently good for your wellbeing. Even though this artistic level of noticing is by no means confined to drawing and painting, the act of drawing/painting is a uniquely practical way of sharpening your awareness. Read more>>

Shakiba Hashemi

I used to only paint with oil, but over the last two years, I have become more interested in mixing different mediums together. I paint on wood panels because I find the concrete nature of wood more suitable for creating texture, especially for mixed media. Read more>>

Susan Leonhard

My professional art career began then, in 2003. It was a decision that changed my life! I started doing as many art shows as I could and found that I could connect with peoples’ emotions through my paintings. My success has been earned, but I think that my Dad had and still does have a hand in it. Read more>>

Conner Robbins

I have been on one combat deployment that sent me all over the middle east. I have photographed in Iraq and Afghanistan photographing the NATO forces that were deployed there through the lens of a U.S. Marine. Time is running short, and I am planning on leaving the service next year to pursue journalism outside of the armed forces. Read more>>

Shawn Byous

I pretty much had to depend on word-of-mouth for advertising. I think it’s definitely easier now, but I’m glad I saw the hard times, so I don’t take the easy ones for granted. As far as what cities can do, I think exactly what Voyage LA is doing is perfect. Giving artists a platform and a voice, that’s pretty huge. Read more>>

Bri Meejoo

As I discovered the internet, I made a Myspace account and coded it to match my personality. That’s when I knew I was going to be social media savvy. I discovered Youtube and a lot of new music. My Father is a huge influence on music as he has a very eclectic taste in the arts. Read more>>

Beverly Salas

I never thought my art would take over my life and be my career! I have been able to support myself and my family with my artwork. I am so grateful. I still can’t wrap my head around people willing to spend their hard earned money on my work. Read more>>

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