Local Talent Program

[LOCAL TALENT] is a curated program featuring artists and designers who represent some of the exceptional talent residing in San Diego county. Check back in August for information on the [LOCAL TALENT] Program for Art San Diego 2020.


We’re thrilled to announce the artists selected for the inaugural [LOCAL TALENT] Program. These four San Diego artists represent some of the exceptional talent residing in San Diego county and the launch of this curated program. Funded by Art San Diego and Presenting Sponsor UBS Financial Services, in partnership with the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and the NTC Foundation, [LOCAL TALENT] is intended to amplify and support San Diego’s visual arts community. Discover these four art visionaries today—and collect them while you still can!

Lauren LeVieux

Booth DW-5

With a background in writing, literature, and languages, Lauren LeVieux turned to visual arts in 2006. Since then, she has pushed canvas, color, and line to express perceptions beyond the limitations of word-based language. Currently, LeVieux is an active member of the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station art community. She is also a member of the San Dieguito Art Guild in Encinitas, where she exhibited from 2012 to 2014. From 2006 through 2012, she studied fine art at Mira Costa College, where she exhibited her work in several art exhibits, earning first place in drawing and first place in painting.

LeVieux received a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from the University of California San Diego. She worked for many years as a programmer and as a computational linguist, combining her language and computer skills before she decided to earn a Master of Arts in writing and literature from California State University San Marcos in 2000.

LeVieux has traveled extensively in Europe and is fluent in French, competent in German, and familiar with Spanish and Persian. Art now offers LeVieux a mode of communication that continues to excite and challenge her.

Artist Statement
“My art comes from instinct, comes from dreams, comes from inside. I want my art to be a visual form of a truth, a truth we can understand without words. The goal of my art is to represent what it means to be alive—to have seasons and stories, make decisions, give birth, flee danger, and find love. To survive pain and witness freedom, to restore, to repent while belief and doubt wrestle out the details. For me, art justifies existence.”

Lovejoy Creations

Booth DW-3

Lovejoy is a self-represented artist in San Diego. Her focus is palette-knife painting in the wildlife and ocean genre. Lovejoy’s untraditional palette-knife layering process brings depth and texture by playing with color theory. Color theory is the concept that you interpret a color based on the color next to it. In Lovejoy’s work, you will see the same color in the highlights and shadows, but it looks different based on its location to other colors.

Lovejoy graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Her goal when leaving Georgia was to earn a living as an artist and to be creative and active every day. She then spent the next seven years developing her style with the palette knife and bold use of color in Sedona, Arizona.

Lovejoy currently resides in San Diego and operates a studio/gallery in historic ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, where she teaches painting and sells original works of art and takes commissions.

Artist Statement
“I usually don’t know what my final art piece will look like when I start, only the subject and basic composition. Finding most of my creative flow within the wildlife genre, I developed a way to sculpt with paint, layer by layer. Creating a beautiful play of lights and shadows, full of unexpected colors side by side. It’s a dance, a push and pull until the form becomes whole. I find so much peace when I’m creating.”

Lisa-E Fine Art

Booth DW-6

Lisa-E was raised in Buena Park, California. Having grown up in Southern California with its diverse topography, near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, local deserts, and beaches, her love of the outdoors was her passion. Throughout her life, Lisa-E has always been fascinated with the natural world.

Always looking skyward, she was also quite fascinated with aviation. A few years after graduating from college, a career in aviation became her passion. She served 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a search and rescue pilot.

Her passion for life and personal growth continues. Throughout her life, Lisa-E painted and drew, but it was when she was drawing mythical figures alongside her daughter that her family noticed her artistic talent. She was encouraged to pursue an art degree and graduated from Sonoma State University with an art studio and art history degree.

Artist Statement
“My artistic style is always evolving because I am curious and choose not to restrict myself to any genre or subject, a particular style, or medium. I find being creative is fluid and fearless. Many times I choose to surrender control of mark-making over to a force beyond the physical, uncertain of the outcome. It’s terra incognito throughout the making, but the result is art that has openness, freshness, depth, and authenticity. At times, I’m on the razor’s edge between success and disaster. I believe what I create comes from within me; art is a part of me. Art is connected to my life journey, especially when I was an adrenaline junkie U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot. I continue to find creative solutions in life and art.”

C. Fodoreanu

Booth DW-4

Born into a family with a long tradition of icon painting, C. Fodoreanu started painting from early ages. He received his first camera as a young boy, and ever since then, he has been using light and time to paint his photographs. His work touches on the human condition, the fleeting time, divine intervention, fragility of life, personal boundaries, and intimacy. These themes are a consequence of his educational background with degrees in philosophy and medical sciences. He is the author of several projects, including nicula, plants, yellow skies, silent recall, dancers, street smart, and green bird.

Fodoreanu’s photography has been featured in several solo shows, which include the Harvard Arts First. His projects have participated in selected photography festivals, magazines, and competitions, such as Palm Springs Photo Festival, Lensculture, PDN, PX3, the Harvard Medical School literary magazine Third Space, The Human Condition of UCSD School of Medicine, and APA Awards. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. He currently lives in Southern California.

Artist Statement
“This project, “Dancers,” was made without design. I was traveling to Greece and stumbled upon an old waterpark. The place was full of smiles and playful energy. Kids and adults alike were laughing and throwing themselves in the water making splashes. But at the same time, there was this allusive seriousness about their play in the water. The more time passed and more water was splashed from above, a hidden sternness and a godly gravity spread throughout. The place made for an unexpected comparison between humans and dancers. With every splash, it seemed that humans, with their habitual curious nature, were slowly transformed into rehearsed dancers of a long-known and perfectly organized choreography. Their trustful play in dangerous waters seemed driven by mysterious music and force. A diversion was unveiling itself in front of me, a complete abandonment of these dancers to the powers up above …”

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