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.
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.
My paintings are often traditional subjects using bold strokes and always lots of color in an effort to create vibrancy and movement. I am a member of the El Camino Art Association and often display my art at the Avila Boardwalk on weekends. I’ve also shown my art in local galleries and won the People’s Choice award for a painting I displayed at the Cliff’s Resort. To me, finding new ways to paint a subject is limitless. I continue to expand my education and creativity in art. I am both humbled and delighted that others like my work and choose to have it hanging in their home.
A descendent of Nigerian royalty, Abbey Onikoyi was raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He came to the United States as a young man, receieved his US citizenship in 1989 and has lived in Los Osos since 2002.
Onikoyi is a master of human documentation and subjective composition. His art depicts vibrant colors and movement, the richness of his personality and the ability to express the abstract, the surreal and romantic lyricism.
His work is collected in the local community, nationally, and worldwide. Stop by his gallery for yourself, or continue exploring this site, and your spirits will be uplifted by the experience!
Nate’s artwork is heavily inspired by New York subway & graffiti street artists and the East Bay skate/punk scene of the 80’s & 90’s. His art has been published in the book Graffito by Michael Walsh and Print Magazine. He was interviewed and his work was featured in the graffiti documentary Piece by Piece, and was hired by Levi Strauss as an expert witness in graffiti art for a trademark lawsuit. He holds a minor in Visual Arts from UCSD and received personalized classical art training through various Ateliers. He has been commissioned for portraits, editorial illustrations, and community graffiti murals, and has participated in juried exhibitions. His goal is to teach some underground, graphic lettering techniques and to share the fun and excitement that comes with making this fluid and electrifying art form.
Mary Ann Oliver
Mary Ann Oliver has enjoyed making art all of her life. She was born in Hollywood and moved to Arroyo Grande in 2002 from Ventura County. She studied art in college and has been creating ever since. She devotes many hours weekly to painting in oils and acrylics with a group of local artists where style, technique, and creativity are explored. Her art is in homes, both here, and in Southern California and she has participated in many art shows and festivals. She and her husband grow Pinot Noir grapes and Mary Ann's artwork is included on their wine labels. "I just love painting...it's like meditation...you can get lost in it. I think that everyone has creativity inside...we just need to let it out! I am so inspired by our beautiful Central Coast. I love to paint it along with many other subjects, using color and brush strokes to bring movement to my paintings. Come paint with me... let's have fun and get our creativity on!"
Sam Nerney was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up always having two driving passions in her life: soccer and art. She was fortunate enough to attend Cal Poly and play for the women's soccer team for five seasons. She recently graduated with a major in Liberal Studies and a minor in Child Development and she is currently working to get her credential to be an elementary school teacher. Since graduating, she has enjoyed having more time to work on her art and explore new opportunities. As an artist, she has always been drawn to the stories told by the faces of those around her. She says "there is something to be said about the gaze in a person's eyes. And though I draw and paint a variety of different things, I am most intrigued by sketching portraits of people." Sam believes that it is important to always welcome different perspectives. She has found that it leads to finding inspiration in places one would least expect. Some of her future plans include: traveling, teaching and calling the Central Coast home indefinitely!