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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.

Raúl D’Mauries

Dinosaurs were my favorite. So I began to study them and then started sculpting and drawing them, but of course, at the level, any kid that age would, right? A couple of years later I started to draw characters from my favorite cartoons. Here’s a funny story: I think I was about only ten years old, but at school, I used to make a little money by doing my classmates’ drawing homework. Read more>>

Laura Weinberger

I had no idea that I would end up in the arts, much less that I would still be here 11 years later. The first art class I took was at Santa Monica College in the fall of 2012. I had gone to the free clinic for a routine check-up and was sketching in the waiting room. The nurse called my name, saw what I had drawn, and asked if I was in art school. Read more>>

Diana Shannon Young

Forever the visual artist I have had much success as a gallery owner, a publisher, consultant and curator of Fine Art Exhibitions featuring my own work as well as established and emerging artist. Today, my focus as an artist/curator is overwhelmed by the excitement and reignited energy for the visual arts especially and including artist of the African Diaspora. Read more>>

Pablo Cortez

It’s been a stressful process but now I am able to focus on creating my own practice and develop my own residential design projects. I dabble in writing and the occasional painting project, which help to keep the creative process flowing. I live in Anaheim with my wife, son and another little one on the way. Read more>>

Jonathan Kordich

It’s happened plenty of times, but not so frequently in the last six years. I remain unsure if it was frustration, a wandering mind, or simply a calling from adolescence to run around and be silly. For six years, I went to college for art, but I’d argue that only about three were actually helpful despite taking art classes the entire time. Read more>>

Laura Buenrostro

I knew I wanted to do something with beauty products lol as crazy as it sounds. I went with my mom to her hair appointment and as soon as I walked into the salon and I absolutely knew that I wanted to work behind the chair. I loved everything about a salon’s atmosphere, smell, hair tools and most important I get to create different looks on costumers. The thought of working in a salon excited me and I couldn’t wait to become a hairstylist. Read more>>

Tony Radcliffe

In helping me cope with my allergies that triggered the asthma, he realized that I wasn’t retarded or difficult as he had been told by other people in town but actually could discuss books that I was reading and really enjoyed learning. He allowed me to do odd jobs around his home and he became like a second father to me. He was a quiet, patient man who had no children of his own. Read more>>

Nina K Cullen

I knew that my life would follow in the direction of art, design, and fashion. I studied in Switzerland and London at the American College of Design. My fashion illustrations were featured in several of London’s trendy publications. After completing my studies, I moved to New York City where I achieved success as a fashion designer with my own “Nina K” clothing line. Read more>>

Lorraine Walston

My little indoor traction solution became so much more than just an indoor traction solution. It’s for older dogs, younger dogs, big dogs, small dogs, indoors, outdoors… Power Paws are currently being used by over 140.000 pets in 56 countries for everything from traction, to heat, to snow, to allergies, to rugged outdoor uses. And I used the word “pets”. Read more>>

Dianne Hoffman

My heart, mind and art-loving soul were provided an endless resource of possibilities that cultivated and nurtured my creative impulses. I have been a full-time artist of salvaged and repurposed components since 2010 and my work can be found in collections worldwide including Hong Kong, Australia, Africa, Europe and throughout the continental U.S Read more>>

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