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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.

Bianca Loren

I was determined to beat the odds and circumstances that bound one to the town. With the ambition to create, and a pencil to lead the way, fashion illustration became I, and designing became me. It was at 11 years of age that I realized I was destined to be the next fashion design mogul. Read more>>

Alec Egan

I was almost conditioned to be interested in the arts. I first went to school for creative writing and imagined I would ultimately be a writer. Something about the physicality of painting de-railed those plans and here I am, still painting. Read more>>

 Courtney Walden

Dancing taught me a lot about being apart of a team, working hard physically, mentally, and emotionally. What I love the most about dance and floral design, is that there’s endless possibilities to be as creative as you want. After dance, I took a massive shift in careers and worked at Apple & WeWork. Read more>>

Josh S. Rose

But my fine art hopes took a turn in my professional life, where I traded in personal themes for brand assignments. I spent a few decades as a creative director at different marketing firms, doing Super Bowl ads and big campaign launches. Read more>>

Shana Mabari

I spent much of my early adulthood studying and working abroad, including Paris, Tel Aviv, Southeast Asia, and four years in Northern India. It’s hard to put into a few words the kind of impact that had on me, both as a human being and as an artist. Read more>>

Alfonso Garcia

He’s best known for his hand lettering styles, which he masters in several mediums from Gold leaf on glass, to exterior typography murals and most recently using the human body as a canvas by learning the art of tattooing. Read more>>

Meg Ryan

When I began college, I excelled academically but was always wary of entertainment even though my sense of humor and creativity are my defining personality characteristics. I ended up studying writing and producing television at Columbia College Chicago and moved to Los Angeles after graduation. Read more>>

Tamara Lipscomb

My dream was to see my designs in stores. After attending design school with a degree in fashion design/marketing, I was lucky enough to find a job in the field I earned a degree in. Years later, things changed due to the housing market crash. Read more>>

Andrew Riddle

I had disposables beforehand but never any camera that I would be upset about breaking. Anyway, the first camera I “worried” about was the one my dad bought in my senior year of high school. It was a Sony Handycam. When he wasn’t using it for recording my baseball games. Read more>>

Talia Dekel

This was where I was going to turn my passion into my career. There, I was able to discover my love for still life and product photography. I found my niche in beauty and fashion still life. My journey since graduating in 2017 has been nothing short of fulfilling and educational. Read more>>

Lori Escalera

I have lifelong walked on the precipice of creating and fear of failing. What I figured out, was that it was the lack of support (I was told I could only be an artist if I married a wealthy doctor, allowing me the financial underpinnings to stay home and paint). So I left home at an early age, totally screwed up. Read more>>

Susan Feldman

I always continued to paint, draw and make things on the “side”. I love music and somehow got into the music business working as a production coordinator at A&M Records for five years. Left to work as a graphic designer and art director for a magazine for about 10 years. Finally, when we had our first child (25 years ago), I was able to focus full time on making my art. Read more>>

Ryan DeCarlo

I’m originally from Schenectady, NY. A post-industrial abandoned city located 2.5 hours north of NYC. I attended college at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, graduated in the summer of 2008 with no job. The 2008 recession had a dramatic impact on the NYC job market and I was told repeatedly that studios and agencies were all on a “hiring freeze.” I eventually moved back home with my parents. Read more>>

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