A concept and a sketch are followed by a photographed model, ending in a unique, symbolic piece of art. This is a depiction of none other than the artistic process of San Francisco Bay Area artist Jaclyn Alderete who creates paintings of dreamlike female figures that express social, environmental and worldly concerns. Through the use of oil and acrylic paint as well as ink and watercolor, Alderete uses both photo references and her imagination to complete works of art that are both beautiful and emotional.

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“My country gives me a great deal of inspiration; I don’t think I would have the same perspective (nor type of work) if I were living in the monotony of the Western world,” said Aida Muluneh in an interview with contemporary photography magazine LensCulture. Aida is from Ethiopia, where she was born in 1974. The pride she has of her country is displayed heavily in her arts, painting,, and photography. Through Aida’s art, we are able to take a journey to Ethiopia and get a glance at its beauty beyond the stereotypes that we’ve been force-fed to believe in Western culture. 

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It’s every boy and man’s dream to be around real-life toys. When I say toys, I mean high dollar, top of the line, luxury toys such as Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Wally Yachts, and the list goes on.  For Benedict Redgrove it’s not a dream, but it’s his career. Redgrove is a renowned photographer that specializes in cars, aircraft, yachts and boats. “I’m a boy at heart. I think sometimes I have the coolest job in the world,” he said in an interview with treats! magazine, “I get to hang out of helicopters and shoot tanks driving along a beach, shoot boats whizzing through the sea, go in rare and expensive race and road cars.” What grown man wouldn’t want that job?

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