Born and raised in the sleepy town of Arroyo Grande, Eric Soderquist is an artist and author of the best selling book "The California Surf Project." As a oil landscape painter and sculpter he has participated in many art shows, art festivals, surf films and community events. He has spent most of his life traveling the world as a surfer and has been published in Surfer, Surfing, Sunset magazine and several more international publications. He currently lives in Shell Beach, CA.
Brianna is a young mixed media and watercolor artist from California's Central Coast. She moved to London in 2005 to study art after receiving a scholarship at Richmond International University. In addition to studying painting, print-making and mixed media in London she also spent part of her University career studying classic painting and drawing in Florence, Italy. After graduating with honors in 2008 her mixed media paintings were feature in various galleries, festivals and restaurants throughout London. It was at this time that Brianna discovered watercolors and began teaching herself and experimenting with the new media. Since returning to California in 2011, she has established herself as an important part of the Central Coast's vibrant art scene with both her watercolor and mixed media styles.
Hillary Amborn was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA and received her BFA in Graphic Design from Cal Poly State University. She recently left her fast paced Los Angeles lifestyle where she lived the last 4 years and moved back to her beloved Central Coast roots. She now runs a full service Design Studio in San Luis Obispo. Her work is inspired by her many travels (which have led her to over 18 countries throughout the world), her awe inspiring Central Coast surroundings, the ocean, and funny day to day incidences. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibitions, and events and is recognized nationally and internationally. She is an avid surfer, snowboarder, and adventure seeker.
Charlie Clingmanwas raised in spacious rural settings which had animals to play with and horses to ride. This planted the seed for his future exploration and appreciation of nature. He finds that international surfing experience has not only been a great thrill and good exercise but a fine way to observe the water and surrounding landscapes. He seeks to have his paintings represent the beauty and action he encounters. Charlie holds a passion for natural dynamics. He feels that studying from life (plein air/ painting outdoors) is essential. “I am trying to observe things found in nature…colors and shapes…then, your imagination can take it from there…combining spectacular features from different objects and scenes to make a single sublime arrangement,” he explains. “ I try to keep and open mind. You never know where you will find inspiration.”
Skye Ravy is a Central Coast artist originally from Santa Barbara. Specializing in sketch, chalk, watercolor, acrylics, and large scale works such as murals. Skye draws her inspiration primarilly from nature and the beauty of the California Coast.
Todd Berman is a San Francisco artist who travels the world and his local community, sketchbook in hand. His art reflects the colorful eccentricity bound within moments and individuals; depicting scenes of people coming together to improve their surroundings. Todd uses art as a tool for exploration and inquiry, and he shares this process with students in San Francisco public schools.
I have been painting all my life. I sold my first painting when I was 14. You all have been so generous to me and I have been able to support my family with my art. I am now a grandmother. I live and paint in San Luis Obispo, CA. Come visit me at Art Bar if you are in the area!
Chris Pedersen grew up on the Central Coast of California. He explored his beautiful surroundings and discovered his drawing talent and creative imagination. His art career started with a concentration of illustration and graphic design. Currently Chris is making fine canvas oil paintings while he continues to develop illustrations for a children’s book story, which will likely inspire the youth to no end. Chris has maintained the youthful fantasy aspect of possibility. This dreamy realm fuels concepts which start as sketches and result in handsome well crafted paintings. “Every time you go surfing it’s a new experience.” He compares this to his artwork, “When you sit down to draw or create something, you never know what’s going to happen.” To view more of Chris’ art visit ForeverStoked.com.
Isaac Yorke is a young artist from southern California. It wasn't until his first year in college that he started doing art shows. Although he had a very minimal background in art when he started, he continued to get more and more shows. Isaac Yorke is now a fourth year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying bio, and has been putting on shows up and down the coast. He has had over 20 solo shows, and opened the gallery "Half Bad Art Supply" in Temecula California back in 2011. He strives to keep progressing in his own work, while teaching others about the joys of painting.
Like many naturally gifted artists, Drew Davis began creating art as a child. Encouraged by artistic parents, Drew took drawing, painting, and piano lessons during his home-school years and eventually launched his fine art career at the age of 17, when he was accepted into his first art gallery in San Luis Obispo.
In September of 2010, Drew launched his first studio in a rustic 1930’s warehouse located on the edge of downtown San Luis Obispo and began selling his paintings every month at Art After Dark. Drew’s paintings eventually garnered the attention of Just Looking Gallery located in downtown San Luis Obispo and in December 2012 they began carrying his local landmark series, a favorite of local and visiting art collectors alike. Drew’s work is also displayed in various art galleries throughout California including Artifacts Gallery in Cambria, and La Belle in Carmel. Most recently Drew opened his second location at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles where he spends a couple of days a week painting and meeting with art collectors.
His pieces reflect his range of interests and include landmarks, music, faith, still life, figurative, and abstract. He also enjoys the challenges of commissioned pieces and is always experimenting with oils and various mixed media. Drew’s paintings are collected internationally and have been featured in numerous art exhibitions, festivals, and publications. Most recently, he was voted Best Local Visual Artist, Runner-up in NewTimes Best of SLO, 2013.