On May 8th, I will be launching my Pacific Coast Collection at 9am EST. I cannot put into words how excited I am to see my piece(s) of California dreaming find their new homes. My art is often a visual manifestation of stories and experiences that have changed me.
This is the story of my love affair with Venice and Southern California.
In the fall of 2010, I was blessed with the incredible opportunity hop aboard the MV Explorer, a retired Carnival Cruise ship, and embark on a four-month journey around the world through a program called Semester at Sea. I started the journey knowing not a single person & left with a forever crew of what I like to call "soul friends." These special people, primarily from the West Coast, took this little southerner under their wings and helped ignite a love for their home. I heard them talk of the special burritos, the surfing, the culture, the weather. When we pulled into the port of San Diego, I was raring to go and ready to explore.
Seven years down the road, I still can't get enough. My travels to the west coast started as visits to see these wonderful people. Whether I was located in San Fransisco, San Diego, Mammoth, or Venice Beach, I started to realize that this place was speaking to my soul. I am drawn to the mindset, the creativity, the melting pot of people, the rich surf & skate culture ( inspiration in itself), even the plants. I love the endless possibilities, the connections to be made, and people to meet. L.A is so full of fellow dreamers, all hustling to meet larger than life goals. My kind of people.
This collection of work is deeply personal: it is inspired by little trips, larger than life experiences, and snippets of one of the greatest places I have had the opportunity to explore. The Pacific Coast means something to me, and I hope that you connect with sense of freedom and creativity, just as I have.
If the travel bug has just bitten you hard after reading this post (the Pacific Coast can do that to you), here are some of my favorite things to do & see in Southern California:
Best View of Pacific Coast Highway (Malibu): Neptunes Net
Hiking in Malibu : Charmlee Wilderness Park in the Santa Monica Mountains
Korea Town: Tatsu Ramen
Coffee + People Watching: Deus ex Machina
Surf Shop: Lone Wolfs
Lunch: Cafe Gratitude
Poke: Poke Poke
San Diego: Mitch's ( the best ceviche & fish tacos I have ever had in my life)
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