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.”
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.
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.
Christine Cortese was born in Santa Rosa in 1961. She has lived most of her life along the coast of California with some time spent in New Mexico and Portland, Oregon. She received her bachelors of fine art degree in painting from UC Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara she studied with Ovanes Berbarian the Russian impressionist. Her education continued with numerous trips to Idaho to join Ovanes and paint the landscape. Christine has also painted and studied in Paris and in Florence, Italy. Painting outdoors in the plein-air method is her passion.
Christine has had multiple shows and exhibits in Santa Barbara. Now residing in San Luis Obispo, she has taught plein air painting at the SLOMA, and enjoys" open studios "and "Art After Dark". Loose and expressive is her style.
Kim Snyder was born and raised in Coalinga, a small town in central California. That rural upbringing instilled in her a love of nature. Today, it is both emotion and Kim's love of nature that inspire her abstract artwork.
When speaking of her artistic process, Kim has said, “for me, the act of painting balances control with letting go. At times, I start a painting with a clear vision of a subject and sometimes I start with a feeling. I pour paint directly on to the canvas, then mix the colors with a palette knife. I have control of my medium, yet I must let go at exactly the same time. This is my favorite part of creating, being completely absorbed in the process where nothing else exists but the painting.”
Kim moved to Paso Robles with her husband, Jason, in 2006. Since that time, Kim has become a part of the community through her work teaching and as the Director of the Paso Robles Art Association. Kim recently established Atelier708, a collaborative art studio in Paso Robles, with fellow artist partners, abstract mixed media artist, Janice Pluma and, bead designer, Anja Schlotman. Additionally, Kim is connected to southern California as an active member of the Laguna ART Group.