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Hermosa Beach artist Rafael McMaster works within, beyond, and between the mediums of acrylic, oil, watercolor, graphite, illustration, and photography.  The interplay between the disciplines acts as an inspiration to his work, which incorporates involved, complex and experimental processes.  The local artist has a fashion design degree from the Art Institute of Seattle and has designed clothing lines for Puma and many others.  Alongside clothing, Rafael has designed multiple lines of snowboards, Webby award nominated websites, and brand and design work from Chris Paul to Matthew McConaughey to MEK denim.

Rafael teaches a local South Bay non-profit program entitled “15 Under 15.”  In the class series, students (under the age of 15) learn to shoot photography, paint and then shoot abstract macro photography of their paintings.  Their work is being featured in an upcoming series of shows on September 24th, and February 15th.  The core principle of the program is to teach “creative confidence” to youth.

Rafael is also accepting commission for an on-going family painting series.  The artist paints with the families for multiple sessions in an involved lesson/collaboration – some processes lasting up to 15 months.  The custom painting is then refined into a “contemporary family seal,” intertwining symbolism, personal subtleties and messages.

Rafael currently has a brand consulting and interactive design practice in Hermosa Beach.  He is the co-founder of SBAC, and he and his wife Tera raise five kids and a hyper puppy.

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I love coming up with great designs to reflect the aspirations and culture of real businesses. Working with like minded creatives, business executives and owners is also what drives and satisfies me as a designer as I am constantly learning and changing.

In my 20s I studied and worked as a Graphic Designer in Sydney and New York City and travelled the world. Two feisty boys were born in my early 30s. The value I got was a chance to be adaptable and arty continuously during my time with them.

I’m an experienced designer and I feel inspired and totally energized when I’m designing and creating. For me, going to work is refreshing and I feel like I’m recharging when I sit at my Mac simply because I love to design.

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Shelley has been a teacher and lover of yoga in the South Bay community for over 19 years, specializing in vinyasa yoga, meditation, pilates, teacher education, and functional movement recovery. Shelley works with youth through grandparents, pro-athletes to industry professionals, couch potatoes to celebrity clientele, preschoolers to stuntmen, offers weekly local classes & online education programs, and guides international retreats. She enjoyed a career as a contemporary modern dancer, and discovered yoga and pilates as a healing addition and alternative to the rigors of training and performance. Shelley co-owned The Pilates Room & Yoga Lounge in Hermosa Beach for 7 years, then founded Yoga Mittra Teacher Training School in 2011, which has its home at Yoga Loft, Manhattan Beach, as well as online.  Shelley created the Integrated Arts Outreach program at Arena Continuation School for at-risk youth in El Segundo in 2007, and is absolutely inspired to currently share in co-creating the Creative Wisdom Program at Resin, Hermosa. Shelley is extremely grateful for the guidance of many inspiring teachers, such as Max Strom and Shiva Rea.

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My art is not meant to be about me. My background. My education. My profession. I hope that every piece I create connects with each person differently.  That’s the thing about this world. We were never meant to experience it in the same way. The things we see are all affected by the lives we’ve lived. The people we’ve loved. The hurt we’ve endured. The strange dreams that woke us up in the middle for the night.  Art is not purely a reflection of the artist it is most importantly a reflection of the viewer. It is a window to see into your own past and present and perhaps for a few fleeting moments a  divine glimpse into the world of someone else.

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Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, Emily lives near the beach and finds inspiration from the beauty in nature and in people. Every plant, animal, and person is unique, and her art captures the vibrant colors and fantastic diversity of this big world. Conservation is a cause close to her heart, and thus her work celebrates many creatures that are endangered by human recklessness and pollution.
Emily is heavily involved in the South Bay art scene of southern California. She was appointed to the position of Public Art Commissioner for the city of Redondo Beach by the mayor in 2016. She is also involved with local groups such as the Redondo Beach Art Group, South Bay Artist Collective, and several others. Her work has been shown in prestigious shows throughout California, at the Torrance Art Museum, and is collected nationwide.

My paintings are a celebration and exploration of nature with a focus on the ocean. Blessed to be raised with access to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, I loved spotting dolphins and sea lions playing in the surf. My family was very proactive in environmental causes, and taught me about plants and animals, about our delicate ecosystem, and our responsibility to care for our planet. As such, I grew up with a love and respect for nature and the desire to do what I could to share this respect with others. When I began painting in college, I was immediately drawn toward painting animals in their habitats, and especially ocean creatures. Turtles, dolphins, fish, whales, penguins—I paint them gliding free in the ocean. I like to think that each painting is of a moment of encounter; each painting evokes that moment when you come face-to-face with another creature who shares our world, and you look each other in the eye.

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Drica Lobo is an artist whose work captures happiness and vibrant strokes. Drica’s fascination with art began as a small child. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2003, and made Hermosa Beach, CA her home in 2007. Largely self- taught, Lobo has taken several painting classes during 15 years where she has studied with celebrated artists including Jose Ismael and Lisa Schultz. She completed her Master of Communications Degree at the University of Guarulhos, Sao Paulo in 2001.

Her work is included in public and private collections around the world, including Brazil, United States, Singapore and China. She also volunteers as an art instructor for Salvation Army in Los Angeles and works for ‘Walk with Sally’ in Manhattan Beach, CA, as an art therapist. She is a member of Hermosa Beach Artist Collective (HBCA) and Foundation of Local Arts (FOLA) in California.

“I paint colorfully to show the world the positive influence of colors and the power of strokes, creating an imaginary scenario based on nature and freedom state of mind. Art is limitless and I’m committed to make the viewer closer to his heart, manipulating shapes and feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, my paintings are feelings as much as they are imaginary. I recognize the value in self-expression, so find I find a way to let my inner self be expressed on the outside.”

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Redondo Beach artist, Paul Roustan, is known for his work in body painting and photography. Winner of the North American Body Painting Championships, Roustan is recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters whose style combines traditional fine art, pop culture, and reflections of the contemporary world to create conceptually-based body painting. An alumn of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design, Roustan’s career spans both the fine art and commercial worlds. His work has appeared on media including, Spike TV, The Game Show Network, Sabado Gigante, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Post, People, GQ, Playboy, Maxim, and galleries along the East and West coasts. His work has been acquired in over 200 private collections.

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Occasionally at night I am the classic garage hermit.  Dusty air filled with tunes…I tinker, over conceptualize, procrastinate, and create a blend of disputable “art like objects” using an assortment of mediums and techniques.  My website is simply a way to display some of the evidence.

I have been lucky enough to do something creative for clients such as Belvedere Vodka, Globe Shoes, Freestyle Watches, Spyder Surfboards, Tsukihoshi Shoes, Rush Street, Saint Rocke, Gum Tree, Starr Design Group, ASPCA, and my “real” job…a digital advertising company started in 2011 with my talented partners @ Modop

Currently I have three installations. Nine commissioned paintings of Jazz musicians on wood can be seen at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, a 13’x24’ photograph wall installation at Rush Street in Culver City, CA, and while inventory lasts there are still a few transfer paintings at Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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Beth Bowen is a self taught abstract artist. She uses acrylic as her choice medium combined with mixed media. With her new collection “YOUR LIFE-YOUR CANVAS” Beth likes to provoke thoughts about life and self reflection.

Beth has showcased at every major art show in our nation. With two appearances at Miami’s Art Basel, with representation by Gabriel Fine Arts of London, Gallery Artifact in New York, and Santa Fe to name a few. She was selected to showcase at Art Monaco, with representation by Art Upclose in New York. Internationally Beth is represented by The PAKS Gallery and showcased at The Louvre, Paris, France “modern art masters”. She will showcase next at LA Art Show, with representation by the Steiner Gallery, from Vienna, Austria. Then Beth will showcase at the Cannes Film festival, in the South of France, and will be featured in the MAMAG Modern Art Museum in castle Hubertendorf, from September 1st-December 31st. The museum is located in Vienna Austria.

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After years of working in film and video at 30 frames per second, I discovered the joy of telling stories, real stories, in 1 frame. Somewhere between the smile and the frown is a single moment that speaks volumes. 

Is it truth or inner beauty? 

Who knows. Why name it? 

It’s there, it’s compelling, it’s lovely. 

And when you record it, it takes on a life of its own.

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Sabrina Armitage is an encaustic artist who was born in Vienna, Austria. She came to the US as a youngster where her family made New Orleans their home. From an early age she had a passion for sketching the world around her.  After studying Architecture, Sabrina’s curiosity shifted from understanding structural framework to exploring the framework of the human psyche. Having graduated with a degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work, Sabrina began a career in Clinical Social Work in Los Angeles. 


More than a decade later Sabrina’s desire for creativity re-emerged through jewelry design which then led her to study Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design. In 2012 Sabrina fully immersed herself into the world of encaustic painting (pigmented beeswax and resin) discovering a newly inspired passion for mixed media techniques.  Themes of resilience and adaptability weave through her work reflecting her background and desire to unfold the layers that reveal the inner landscape.


The medium of encaustics allows for an investigative excavation that parallels  human stories and imperfections, where beauty is held within vulnerability and struggle. The tactile nature of the beeswax both creates and reveals its own story or history.  The simultaneous building up and stripping down of these wax layers hints at the complexity of human existence. Sabrina demonstrates a fascination with this juxtaposition. Her art offers a reinterpretation of a visual scene by embracing contrasting elements and allowing the tension to have a transformative effect. In her latest series BREATHE  pliable Japanese paper is combined with encaustic often in a linear manner. Bourne of a yearning to simplify, slow down and focus on being versus doing, this series serves as a meditation. Fire and wax, each with it’s own course, yielding to the hand through repetition as thoughts yield to the breath.


Sabrina exhibits nationally and her work is held in private collections. She is a member of the International Encaustic Artists and it’s local chapter LAX WAX. After living almost 3 decades in the South Bay she maintains ties through her membership in the South Bay Artist Collective and she volunteers at the El Segundo Museum of Art. She works and lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Kevin Gilligan is an award-winning landscape, portrait and sports photographer from L.A.’s South Bay.  His photographs have been nationally published and museum displayed.

Kevin is an avid fan of the outdoors and has explored and photographed U.S. National Parks including, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

Kevin is an attorney, a surfer, martial artist, and a general fan of coffee and adrenaline. He doesn’t like to sit still for too long and in the past few years has photographed Ireland, Panama, Vietnam, London, Paris and Canada.

In his own words:

“My visual perspective grew out of a love of the ocean, surfing and swimming. Growing up on NY’s Long Island Sound and now living in L.A.’s South Bay I have a keen appreciation for beautiful ocean, beach, and water landscapes and portraits. My interests are eclectic. Art, portraits and sports photography, especially martial arts and surfing are also near and dear to my heart. I read avidly about photography and photo tech, I’m kind of a photo geek. I’m stoked to be part of the Hermosa Beach Artist’s Collective and to meet so many creative people in the South Bay.”

Kevin held a solo exhibition called “Developing Men” in October of 2019 – a contemporary examination of male friendship, masculinity, isolation, community and legacy through photography and video.

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Andre’s work is often described by his ability to capture the quiet, simplicity and calmness of nature. The essence of serene, atmospheric and tranquil landscapes is displayed in every one of his seamless brush strokes. Andre is often drawn to moody skies and relishes in the opportunity to put light against dark as one of his most welcomed challenges.

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Growing up right outside New York City, Hermosa Beach based artist Dan Gardner was heavily influenced and inspired by the graffiti and skate culture. Using spray paint, acrylics, Inks and natural wood grains his work plays off the chaos of urban decay contrasted by the controlled linear landscape of a city.  This satisfying balance shows in his passion for graffiti, nature the ocean and surfing as well as his engineering background.  With many different styles and subject matters his work expresses his different passions and influences, bold, edgy organic pieces with movement depth and feeling.

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Bev Baigent is a South African born photographer living in the South Bay.  She is a self taught, continuously learning artist, who believes photography is more than an artistic expression, it’s a metaphor for life. Photography forces one to slow down, to truly look at what is going on around you. By making simple changes in perspective, distance from the object and points of focus, a different view is achieved that highlights aspects of a scene otherwise missed, or details in an object otherwise overlooked.

Macro Photography is her first love. Beauty is everywhere, and it is very often overlooked in the busyness and routine of everyday life. Macro photography serves to teach her to slow down and seek out beauty in the details, as well as allowing her to share those discoveries with others.

Experimenting with canvas and paper has allowed her to discover different ways to share her images and display her world.  Life is not perfect, and beauty is not perfection. There is beauty in the messes, and in the details, and in the mistakes and in the mundane.  It is in the objects we use everyday, and it is in the tiny things we overlook. Exploring those things, slowing down long enough to see and capture them to share is a way of life.

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Being an artist, what does that mean?  To me, it means one who practices art.  I started drawing and painting when I was a kid, the only difference is I never stopped.   I never stopped practicing art, because I couldn’t stop. It’s like getting dressed; it’s always a part of my day.

I was born in Miami in the 70’s. Life was easy back then. We traveled a lot. My parents loved to be on the move. I spent my summers in Toronto, Canada with my sister and grandparents. When I was 7, we moved to London, England for my father’s job. My dad was busy with work, so my mom made sure that she, my sister and I saw every castle and traveled to all corners of the UK, while we had the chance. I loved all of it.  The history was incredible and the monuments and architecture are still etched into my brain.

When we came back to the States, we left the east coast and moved out to Newport Beach, California.  Those years of growing up in the heart of the surf culture of the 1980’s, was magical for me.  This time period was a huge influence on my style of art.  The primal designs and bright colors, that Australian Artist Peter Webb created for clothing brand Quiksilver at that time was infectious.  It brought together all worlds for me, the art scene in NYC of Basquiat and Keith Haring, to the island beaches of exotic surf spots, that the international surf scene was circulating.  All of this was represented in the merchandise that Quiksilver and Peter Webb dropped into our local surf culture, Generation X laps!

After high school I studied, traveled and lived abroad. Living in European cities (Paris, Florence, Cortona and Vienna) and studying the great masterpieces of art was beyond inspiring to me, while being completely immersed in the local culture. After my travels abroad, I came home to the beaches of Southern California.  I graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Out of college, I went on to work in the music industry for about 10 years before starting my own business, Wendy Stillman Jewelry.

I have continued to paint throughout my years of running my Jewelry company and being a busy mom of 2.

Locally in Manhattan Beach and the Southbay, I am a member of The SouthBay Artist Collective and work permanently at Resin, an artist workspace in Hermosa Beach. I have also been privileged to teach art at the elementary level for the past 9 years, through an amazing art program called Young at Art.

Wake, Make, Create and Repeat!

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Art has always been a part of Janice’s life. Her mother was an oil painter as was her Great Aunt. She always enjoyed art in school and when she became a teacher it was an integral part of her curriculum and assignments. As a principal and later district administrator, Janice promoted art in the classrooms specifically supporting the disciplined based art program  sponsored by The Getty Museum. She has taught after school art classes for students and adults and continues to do so.

About 5 years before Janice retired, she started taking art classes, first at Harbor College and then Otis College of Art. Janice paints both representational and abstract pieces, but truly abstract is her true love. In her paintings Janice tries to interpret or respond to an idea or an emotion, but most of all she tries to make something beautiful. Janice’s work has been in local shows, including CA101. She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and PVAC Artist Open Group.

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Chris travels the globe, records his experiences on camera and shares them all here with you. Chris’ portfolio ranges from beaches to architecture; from cities to natural wonders. He features his images on lightweight aluminum canvas. The result is stunning — the images are crisp, and pop right off of the metal.

Chris grew up in the mountains of Colorado, and his love for photography blossomed at an early age. After receiving his first camera (a cheapie Kodak 110 film camera) for Christmas, Chris’ dog became probably the most photographed pup in all of Colorado. After college, Chris headed west to Southern California. Though Chris’ portfolio is diverse, it’s no surprise his favorite subjects usually include mountains or beaches.

Chris has since upgraded from his first little Kodak camera — he now shoots on a Canon 5D. In addition to photography, Chris is also a producer for FOX Sports and NFL Network.

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Ken Pagliaro is an internationally-recognized commercial, adventure, travel and surf photographer based in southern California. After receiving his first SLR Camera in 1996, Ken, who also has a background in art, realized he had found a new medium for expressing his creativity. Ken went on to fine-tune his skills at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 2002.

His work has taken him around the world to places in Central America, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Europe, and across the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. Many of those assignments have tapped right into Ken’s adventurous nature. He’s captured images while on extreme sets like ice caves and calving glaciers in Alaska. He and his camera have been in close encounters with grizzly bears in Los Angeles. He climbed to the top of Mount Rainer taking photos and joined the Coast Guard from the air and in the water during training missions.

Ken’s commercial images can be seen on national tv, print ads and on billboards for clients like Chevrolet, Patagonia, Target, Coors, Nikon, Vans, Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and many more. His portfolio extends to published images in magazines, news journals and books, including Guy Fieri’s, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. 

When he’s not shooting for commercial clients, Ken has established a strong client-base in the entertainment world as well. He’s a veteran on the red carpet for the Academy Awards and music events like the Grammys, Kid’s Choice Awards, BET and Soul Train Awards.

Ken’s great respect and love of nature inspires him to capture landscapes in their many facets: dramatic and undisturbed. He especially loves shooting the ocean, and as an experienced surfer, Ken has no problem diving right in to capture this unique and dynamic perspective. 

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Josh Barnes is a graphic artist based in Hermosa Beach. He often pays homage to this coastal city and the California beach lifestyle in his work, featuring crashing waves, surfboards, and palm trees.  Born in Saint Louis Obispo, Josh also finds inspiration in everyday objects, and enjoys using a wide variety of media for his artwork.  Transitioning from spray cans on skateboards to the more conventional canvas, Josh is a multi-talented artist who also works as a custom framer, screen printer and graphic designer. His pieces feature detailed line work and intricate layering, bold colors, and a sense of dark, dreamy whimsy.

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In 2008, Sara graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and Pre-Medicine from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. She soon realized it was a fascination with human anatomy that influenced her science major, but what she really longed for was artistic expression.  After graduating, she began a career in fashion that eventually brought her to Vogue Magazine in New York City. Sara’s knowledge of the human form and her love of fashion collided when she discovered painting in 2013, developing a style that utilizes both interests. Sara’s works are created using oil on linen or canvas. Her painstaking process can take up to two months for one painting.

Sara’s studio is located in Sebastopol, Calif. Her talent has been rewarded, as she was named finalist in the Urban Riche Gallery “Portrait” competition and has been recognized in many online art publications.

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Lori Stanford enjoyed designing flight simulators as an electrical engineer and caring for children as a pediatrician before embarking on the uncharted journey of becoming an artist. Fifteen years ago she began painting and soon realized she had found her true passion. Over the last five years, Stanford has had a solo show about Racism in America, been part of many group exhibitions throughout California, and has been published in several art books. She is driven to create art that promotes social awareness and donates 100% of her art sales to local non-profit organizations serving Los Angeles. She is a member of the South Bay Artist Collective, the Artist Alliance Online Collective, and the Los Angeles Artist Association.

My art reflects my thoughts and experiences of reality. At times it’s heavy with content as I struggle to make sense of the complex times in which we’re living. Other times it’s a journal entry of sorts, documenting my emotional space. I like to work in series and usually spend 9 months – 1 year on a particular topic. Most of my work is 2D oil paintings, but I also enjoy working in 3D building things. There are usually several paintings and a couple of projects going in my studio at any given time. I pour everything I have into each piece. They don’t all become masterpieces, but that’s not the point. Creating art and sharing it is what’s meaningful to me. Art is communication. Whether it be a stand alone painting or an installation, my work is about providing the backdrop for a dialogue to occur.

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Jonmar found his love for the arts at age three, his love of programming at twelve, and his love of songwriting at twenty four. These are the pillars of his entire creative world, and of his ultimate passion — storytelling. Four of his innovative music creation apps reached number 1 globally, and his unique approach to both development and design has been featured by Apple, RollingStone, and GuitarWorld magazine.

His work exploring th naturally impressionist world of resin has led to Jonmar’s current focus — augmented reality empowered artwork that delivers immersive three dimensional experiences featuring original story-based music. At long last his art, music, music videos, and app development have coalesced into a single story-telling expression, a singularity of sight and sound.

Jonmar just released a 33 song album (named 33) on iTunes and Spotify, and many of these tracks tell the tales behind his newest series of art.

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Eric discovered the joy of art at the age of 6 when his father taught him to paint.  He continued to paint through college. After graduating college (George Washington University in Washington DC.), he focused on an my entrepreneurial career so his paint brushes lie dormant for quite some time. He founded and operated Sanders Industries for 30 years. The company primarily served the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. Eventually the business grew to seven manufacturing sites in the US and Europe and 600 employees. After the sale of his business in 2014, He returned to painting and quickly discovered a new tool which had not existed when he was painting previously; digital painting. Eric enjoys working in both medias and also combining the two. The artists who currently have the most influence on his work are Picasso, Salvador Dali and Basquiat.  He is also actively involved in philanthropy. In 2015 he established the Sanders Family Foundation which supports organizations that foster sustainable change in developing countries and is specifically focused on women and children in those communities. Most importantly, Eric is a devoted father of 2 boys.

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Kerry Stitt, a resident of Redondo Beach, CA , has been an artist and photographer for 30 years. She has shown at galleries such as Resin Gallery in Hermosa, Quoting Artists Gallery in Beverly Hills, Sponto Gallery, Two Girls and a Dog Gallery, and many others.

Her photography has been featured in Orange Coast Magazine for Gulf Stream restaurant, as well as Corona Del Mar Plaza Magazine.

Her newest body of work is Aerial Photos and Videos. Since obtaining her FAA drone certificate in 2016 she has worked on real estate videos and was hired by The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to shoot a drone video to open up their 2017 summit. Her love of the ocean can be seen in most of her work.

Her resin artwork is inspired by her aerial photographs of the sea. She creates large resin ocean scenes and abstracts. From the drips that come off the sides of her pieces, she creates necklaces.

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Diana Flynn is always looking for balance. In her work, she often pursues it by blending or juxtaposing color, pattern, scale, and texture. To that end, her signature technique—hand-painting, tearing, and then reassembling fabric—is a mix of precision and artistry.

Living and working in Manhattan Beach, CA, Flynn’s work is inspired by the beauty and creative spirit of Southern California, which offers her a constant reminder to push her artwork forward. Her love for design and careful eye for how art can elevate interior spaces have made her work popular among those in the trade.

She is a current member of the South Bay Artist Collective in Hermosa Beach, CA and finds the varied perspective of other artists and art enthusiasts to be endlessly instructive.

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Brandon was born and raised in Hilo, a small and quiet town on the Big Island of Hawaii.  From a young age he was exposed to the ocean by his friends and his father, who is an avid fisherman.  Fishing, spear-diving and various ocean activities were a normal part of life growing up in Hawaii.

His passion for the ocean and art merged when he was introduced to the art form known as Gyotaku.  He saw it as the perfect way to preserve the life of the fish and ensure it’s memory would live on forever.  His minimalistic approach to Gyotaku allows the raw print of the fish to “breathe” and become the focal point.  There is no additional touch-up using pens or pencils, but rather just brushes and paint.

The word “Makai” comes from the Hawaiian language and translates to “by the sea”.  Makai Impressions is an expression of the ocean through the lens of the Artist’s creative eye.  In each design or piece of art, he expresses his experiences growing up in Hawaii and the impact the ocean has had on his life.

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I have always loved art and, in particular, painting. Painting gives me feelings of happiness, joy, peace and excitement and I really want to convey these feelings through my art. I want to bring a little happiness to people who purchase my art.

I was raised in Edinburgh, Scotland and have lived in several countries. I now live with my husband and daughter in Redondo Beach, California. My art is influenced by my time in Scotland, Denmark and Switzerland but Southern California has proven to be an infinite source of inspiration for creating new artwork. I am fascinated by the range of landscapes from the cities to the ocean to the desert and the mountains. I aim to try and recreate the joy I feel every day whilst observing the ever-changing landscapes around me.

I enjoy many different styles of art but have always been drawn to modern, abstract art. This is the direction I am currently moving in, but I am constantly experimenting with different styles and techniques.

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Sara Berger-Webster was born and raised in Southern California and attended California State University, Northridge where she attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. Sara has always loved art, and has been an artist for many years, working in a variety of art formats including paint (oil, watercolor and acrylic), photography, clay, jewelry, clothing and mixed-media. But, Sara says her favorite medium is paint.

Sara is often inspired to create art to donate to worthy causes, such as Breast Cancer Angels, South Bay Panhellenic and Redondo Beach Hands on Art. For nearly 2 decades, Sara has specifically supported and raised funds for the fight against breast cancer. But, she sees her art and creativity as a very intimate and personal contribution to the cause.

Sara is a proud member of the South Bay Artist Collective, an artist workshop and community resource. Sara’s artwork is on display at Resin at 618 Cypress Avenue in Hermosa Beach. Sara lives in Redondo Beach, California with her husband and daughter where she is a full-time artist, a loving wife and mother.

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Robin Lebowe of Modern Knots,(a full-time wardrobe stylist and costumer), fell into fiber arts during a series of informal weekend workshops with other artists and friends.  She started knotting and never stopped; weaving art gallery pieces, creating custom in-home installations, and selling boutique pieces. Robin is currently teaching one workshop a month and selling at pop ups and retail stores in the LA area. Follow her @modernknots or look for more info on or contact her at

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Lynnie Sterba was born into color, vibrancy, bold brush strokes and a passion for self expression. “My mom and aunt are both artists and I grew up visiting art museums and drawing, painting and creating sometimes going to far finding my way into my mother’s red paint getting it all over me and everything around me.”

As a Psychotherapist, Sterba experienced the power of paintings to touch people deeply and profoundly. “I start every painting with the word ‘love’ and paint from a commitment to inspire people through beauty creating a visual experience which touches deeply into the heart.”

“In my painting process I become an extension of the paint and brush pallet knife and other tools moving in a dance with the canvas. This dance is a moment in time when I’m free of ego and in touch with my spirit. Painting gives me the freedom to be the person I want to be. Painting invigorates me and allows me to express my authentic self.”

“I love design, shape, form, calligraphy and brush marks. I adapted my calligraphy from the way Zen painters’ work with line, my bold brush marks and color from the pure self- expression of the Fauve painters and my fluidity of paint movement, texture, and design from the Abstract painters”.

Sterba has shown in numerous galleries including The Artist Studio Gallery, Gallery 1601, Cannery Row, and the Loft in San Pedro. She featured paintings at the LACMA Art Sales and Rental Gallery and has shown at the Long Beach Museum of Art in their juried art auction three times.

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Born and raised at the mouth of Topanga Canyon, Matt Wessen always had a keen eye for documenting LA lifestyle and surfing scene. Wessen’s formative inspiration was a seminal Rauschenberg exhibit that he witnesses in Paris as a child—a radical blend of painting and sculpture, materials and methods— lesson about the power of “dimensionality,” how to assemble unconventional elements to create something holistic, original. And it taught him the means to harness friction to explore opposing themes in his art. Skip Engblom, Venice don and a surf/skate icon, calls Wessen a friend and frequent collaborator. “Matt’s ability to look at stuff is really unique,” he says. “It’s almost like he’s painting with his camera. To classify him as only a photographer would not be valid.” Together they co-curated over seven massively ambitious showcase’s that comprise of 55+ local artists, their practice includes re-purposing historic buildings into art galleries all the way from Venice Beach to Tokyo. Someone who Barry McGee— a fellow multimedia virtuoso and celebrated contrarian—labels as the “foremost artist working today in capturing the LA underground. Matt’s LA County series is brutally honest,” Barry McGee comments, “with all the significant layers of smog, dust, and grime intact. The [images] feel ephemeral, urgent, sometimes desperate, yet always beautiful. I look to Matt when I want to know what is the truth, all unfiltered, with the vices and problematic areas still unvarnished.” The images Matt has curated for LA County Series aren’t “instant.” They are the result of 20-plus years traversing a particular stretch of coast, putting in the roadwork and avoiding the hype days, combined with a fanatical dedication to studying the local weather charts. Wessen devised the goal of LA County Series to be a multi-year retrospective, to “prove the point through the edit.”

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Patricia Hughes paints the shore, the desert and the mountains near her home in Southern California. She can often be found painting the cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the beach at El Porto, or the waves off White Point Park in San Pedro.

Patricia studied fine art with an emphasis on studio painting at Harbor College and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Two abstract painters, Craig Antrim and Gilah Hirsch, had enormous influence on her work. After college Patricia continued her art education with classes at Otis and a variety of art workshops. For several years Patricia worked for the Getty Education Foundation training teachers to use the Discipline-based Art Education program.
During her time with Getty Patricia helped present the Gardena High School collection of California Impressionist paintings to a new audience. Studying closely the original works of these greatest California landscape painters, and later discovering the large Sorolla seascapes, inspired Patricia to try painting outside.

Using small paintings completed on location, Patricia currently develops larger paintings in her studio. The small plein air sketches provide the color, emotion and atmosphere that cannot be captured in photos. She is working toward painting her large art works completely on location. If you see Patricia out by the cliffs enjoying a beautiful painting day, stop by and say, “Hello.”

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Carsten Bund is a painter and sculptor. Studied at HFBK in HMBURG / Germany.
Works also with digital media and AI to get a result.
Based in Hermosa Beach.

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I majored in Art History at UCLA and have been involved in the art world for many years. I started out as a fine art representative, and have been on the board of several art nonprofit organizations. Because of my love for art, I started to create my own and  now specialize in modern landscapes and abstracts in oil on canvas. I especially have an affinity for capturing coastal environments with a modern take.

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Founder of Chords of Life Wellness and The Love Frequency

A seeker and creator at heart, Farnaz was drawn into the world of visual arts and music as a child. She eventually pursued an education in architecture, where she became engrossed in the study of sacred geometry, the built structures of ancient civilizations, and the art and architecture of the Renaissance. She began a deep dive into metaphysics in the year 2000, but didn’t fully explore its depths until a few years later, when her professional career as an architect led her to Los Angeles.

The magic of living near the Pacific Ocean catapulted Farnaz’s spiritual journey, which has since evolved into studying the ways of the ancient oracles, priestesses, and healers, while exploring her innate and intuitive gifts. From channeling divine inspiration through painting and prose to working with individuals or groups, her passion is to facilitate the awakening of the deep wisdom that has always been within all of us.

Farnaz and SBAC founder, Rafael McMaster, continue to collaborate on graphic and visual designs of her recently published and upcoming books – The Love Frequency: A Guide to Oneness and Wisdom of the Wild Ones. 

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I live and work in Los Angeles, California. When I’m not making art, you can find me practicing (falling) in my roller skates, walking the beach, or drinking Bev. Painting and creating are what I whole heartedly love to do! I work mindfully with multiple mediums such as fine art, mural painting, and hand crafted items.

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I am an abstract fine artist who works with various media including my handmade papers which I integrate into my canvas and paper creations. I’m originally from the east coast and received my BFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University and have lived in California for nearly 25 years.


Looking back at my influences as a child, I loved colors, creating art, and playing games. These passions make their way into my current creations and process which is represented by my color choices, strong composition and layering qualities of my work. To me, my creative process is like a puzzle, needing to be worked and reworked. With my strong understanding of color theory and composition, I usually start with color and line while I build up layers with no preconceived images in mind. My hand-painted papers are layered into my creations to give each piece its uniqueness, and the use organic lines and mark making help move the viewer around the painting. Forms eventually begin to appear, textures come to life and I get transformed into the subconscious intuitively. My process is intuitive and at the same time a conscious effort helps the viewer see into my mind as i work through the many layers.

I am actively involved in many local art groups including: Los Angeles Art Association, Paletteers of the Palos Verdes Art Center, Experimental Artists of the South Bay, South Bay Artist Collective.

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Priscilla is a Los Angeles based artist with a love of visual art, music, and technology. One of her favorite aspects of being a visual artist is the way the process lends itself to experimentation. Her work explores new combinations generated from both simple and complex elements. Within her paintings, she analyze emotionality ; as feelings and experiences become reconfigured through critical examination, the viewer is invited to dive into different manifestations of those moments that have left a personal imprint on her. She’s been told her paintings bring about thoughts of spirituality and soul concepts which she can relate to, as she believe we connect to those realms through art. With influences as diverse as Lucien Freud to Andrew Thomas Huang, she examines new tensions presented from combining both classic materials such as oil paint and new media like augmented reality. For Ortiz, the creative process always includes merging of old and new, deep investigation, and the bold space that allows for full abandon. Her oil paintings themselves lean toward abstract surrealism, with the addition of the digital — in some cases, up to 600 layers of animated frames — the metaphors truly come alive. Each piece is carefully designed to allow the viewer, and the maker, the full spectrum of experience.

Priscilla’s artwork has been featured by Shockboxx Project, Venice Art Crawl, United Colors of LA, Unita Club, Girl Fest Hawaii, Art Share LA, Downtown Art Walk, Cedar Street Galleries, Surfing the Nations, and the El Segundo Artwalk.

Priscilla founded Night Owl Studio in 2017, a non-profit organization that facilitates workshops for the community in several areas of interest including art, tech, and developmental workshops.





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Growing up in Philadelphia, Armena “Chef Arm” Jehanian developed a fascination for baking while helping her mom and grandma with their favorite family recipes. When she wasn’t in the kitchen, she was at the base of her siblings’ tree fort making cakes in her Easy-Bake Oven for their weekly meetings. Her mom even nicknamed her “Cookie” instilling a love for baked goods at an early age.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts, she worked at several design studios before becoming a creative director at Mattel where she worked for several years on the iconic Barbie and Hot Wheels brands.

Wanting to mix things up and “start from scratch” she decided to pursue her passion for baking. Chef Arm attended the Pastry Arts program at Los Angeles’ New School of Cooking and quickly developed a local following of people eager to be the first to sample her “homework.” Upon graduating, Chef Arm got her first taste of television when her Lemon Cloud Cupcake received rave reviews from Iron Chef Michael Symon on ABC’s lifestyle show, The Chew.

For Chef Arm, it’s all about the joy her baking brings to others, inspiring kids of all ages, and of course, making things yummy! Chef Arm’s completely hands-on approach and ability to infuse fun into the kitchen soon attracted kids curious about baking. Shortly after starting her From Scratch Bake Sessions, Chef Arm mentored and coached a 13-year-old who was crowned a Chopped Junior Champion with an ice cream sandwich made from scratch that judge Chef George Mendes called, “very courageous.”

Beyond taking the mystery out of making delicious French pastries like chocolate cream puffs or melt-in-your-mouth macarons, kids who enroll in Chef Arm’s From Scratch Bake Sessions learn kitchen safety, build math and science skills, improve their overall concentration, and learn the history behind what they’re making as well.

From Scratch Bakers is located in the friendly neighborhood of Redondo Beach and offers private and group From Scratch Bake Sessions for kids of all ages.