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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.

Carissa Mosley

My passion for photography began in high school as I noticed how photographing my immediate environment helped me to observe it in a more sensual way. I’d say I always observed the world in the way a writer might, with a lot of thought and questioning about why things are the way they are. Read more>>

Samantha Ko

I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. Even as early as my pre-school and elementary school days, I spent so much time doodling and completing as many arts and crafts projects as possible! I’d eagerly wait for the period in school which we would have art and even when class was over. Read more>>

Julian Kay

My art story is a bit unconventional. I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. Growing up I was creative, but I didn’t consider myself to be an artist until later on. I was a serial doodler, I drew on everything, very rarely paid attention in class. Read more>>

Josie Brown

For a lot of my life growing up in New Zealand and the years following I suppressed my art. Perhaps it was a lack of confidence or a kind of ‘imposter syndrome’ but it wasn’t until I moved from London to Los Angeles six years ago that I set the intention to live a more creative and expressive life. Read more>>

Ethan Stuart

My family owned a relatively successful business in the floral industry in Upstate New York. It was a couple of generations old so I had it in mind that I might one day be a successor, looking back, it all sounds so pleasant and simple. Long story short it burnt halfway to the ground two different times. Read more>>

Erika Lane Enggren

I have always loved all things creative since I can remember. I was born outside of L.A. but spent my childhood in Southwest Colorado where my parents are from. Nature was one of my first inspirations growing up there, but as I got older human emotion is what fueled my writing. Read more>>

Tricia Taper

I really became in love with being behind the camera. Anything that involves being creative I want to be a part of. Dancing, photography, painting- It’s a way for me to really let go and express myself. Read more>>

amadea bailey

My love of painting was immediate. I spent hours and hours that year in the basement of the art and architecture building, disappearing into a world of color and light and form. I watched as a multitude of images emerged under my brush and my feelings found a whole new arena of expression. Read more>>

Jane Yu

It has been amazing being able to share my love of calligraphy and watercolor with the world through the internet. It’s also crazy to me that I’m living out my 4th grade dream of being a teacher and an artist. Read more>>

Abdul Mazid

The journey to where I am today was by no means a straight line. I endured quite a bit of personal and family adversity along the way, but I have to say that I’ve had some incredible, life-changing mentors throughout the last 11 years who have fostered my interests and provided guidance and insight. Read more>>

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