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West LA Thought Provokers

LA 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 West LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Whitman Lindstrom

Being raised in Southern California I had it pretty easy. For everything that it is I think Los Angeles was a great place to grow up with a good exposure to art, music, diverse culture and easy access to some of the best mountains and beaches in the country. All of those elements strongly influence the art that I am creating today. Read more>>

Bridgette Duran

Well I actually didn’t get my start in art until later in life. Im not sure if I was super artistic as a kid, if I was my parents never pushed me to explore that aspect of myself. So I was left to my own devices to come to that conclusion on my own, and it happened with some time. Read more>>

Natasha Halimi

Ever since I was a kid myself, I loved babies! I was that 5-year-old who would beg to babysit and thought changing a diaper was actually something I was lucky to get to do. Yes, I know, lucky the adults around me who were having babies. Read more>>

Ruth Nichols

I was born in Hawaii, moved to Florida and grew up on a farm in Michigan. My dad is a music teacher and my mom and sister are nurses that play the flute. I started singing at a very young age and began trumpet around age 12. Read more>>

Kelly Irish

My name’s Kelly and i’m originally from across the Pond, Ireland. For the last five years, i’ve lived in Los Angeles and soon will be moving up to my lovely husband to-be Justin and doggie Drake in Oregon. I love making, drawing and all things creative. Read more>>

MB. Boissonnault

I grew up in Bennington, VT in a very woodsy environment, mostly in the forest with dogs & books for friends. I later worked @ the college a bit & went there for screenings & parties so I got my 1st glimpse into “artists-life”. Read more>>

Daria Yushkova

I grew up in a family with traditional values and middle-class mentality. I was super creative as a kid, an avid reader and a dreamer who knew that one day she would travel the world and live in all different places (no one believed me back then). My parents, being very practical people, had planned their kid’s future in as many details as possible. Read more>>

Laura Viapiano

Something about the openness and ambiguous nature of both creating and viewing abstract art really resonates with me. I’ve always been a spiritual person and a strong believer in meditation, and I feel that abstract art provides a very similar, and often more accessible path to self-reflection. Read more>>

Paolino Photography

In my art, I like to express the feelings and moods that his models have inside, in that one special, irreplaceable moment. To me, this is a way to capture one’s self, in a personal, vision of the world. Read more>>

Miguel Monteagudo

Photo Credit: Sebastian Monteagudo

For me, photography is very unique. It is like a filter of sounds, temperature, shapes… It is like a cocktail of perception. When I hold my camera I feel like a hunter; like I am the owner of time for a brief moment. Then, something stays, sometimes forever. I love that feeling. Read more>>

Sunny Ba

I feel very lucky that I get to make things for a living – there is something authentic about handwritten words and my hope is that my work will make people feel special and take them back to a person, place or time in their heart. Read more>>

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