The Artist Unmasked

The Artist Unmasked

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Discovering the Artist Behind the Art


Multi Media Artist - Erik Benson
Nov 12 • 101 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Multi Media Artist Erik Benson. Erik is a talented painter, designer, Hillcrest Arts Chairmen, and co-founder of B2 Productions. He is following his dream of being a well fed artist and is succeeding at…
Mindful Murals - Thao Huynh and Kolten French
Oct 29 • 100 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Thao Huynh and Kolten French of Mindful Murals. Mindful Murals is focused on creating large scale murals consisting of positive and inspiring messages. Thao and Kolten focus on local schools to brighten the…
Horrorgasm San Diego
Oct 22 • 82 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with the Evil Masterminds of Horrorgasm SD - Attiba Royster, Yvonne Shamas, and Melody De Los Cabos. Horrorgasm is San Diego’s first Horror-themed art crawl exploring the themes of Monsters, Maniacs, the Paranormal,…
Abstract Artist - Michelle Jean
Oct 15 • 94 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Abstract Artist Michelle Jean. Michelle is constantly learning and draws her inspiration from all that surrounds her, both the spectacular and the quiet beauty in the mundane. She believes it’s possible to find…
Contemporary Impressionist - Steve Harlow
Oct 8 • 102 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with contemporary impressionist artist Steve Harlow. Since childhood, Steve has identified as an artist. Combining painting and photography, he creates artwork that is inspired by his surroundings and imagination.
Realism & Surrealist Artist - Kevin Daly
Oct 1 • 94 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with contemporary realism and surrealist artist Kevin Daly. Exploring his self expression through his art, Kevin is inspired by his daily life as an emergency physician. Using art to process the intensity of his…
Graphic Artist - Jon Groobz
Sep 24 • 99 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with graphic artist Jon Groobz. Jon creates punk rock posters, screen prints, illustrates low brow art and loves everything monsters. Jon is not afraid of exploring new creative endeavors such as screen printing and…
Visual Artists of KAABOO - KAABOO Del Mar 2019
Sep 17 • 87 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I bring you five amazing and talented artists who were showcasing their art at KAABOO Del Mar. I chat San Diego Contemporary Artists Jason Humphrey of Original Ink Art, Brady Willmott, Darcee from Everyone Is Starry Eyed,…
G.E Vogt - Contemporary Collage Artist
Sep 9 • 83 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Contemporary Collage Artist G.E. Vogt. G.E. Vogt began her artistic career in performance art and gradually moved to expressing her thoughts, emotions, and stories she wanted to tell into her collage work.…
Printmaker and Poet - Natasha Teymourian
Aug 27
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Printmaker Natasha Teymourian. Natasha is a Brazilian poet and artist based in San Diego, California. She has a BA in Literature & Writing Studies and aims to deromanticize the exotic. Natasha is the Editor in…
Digital Pop Artist - Attiba Royster
Aug 20 • 108 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Digital Pop Artist Attiba Royster. Attiba’s inspiration is drawn from his youth, growing up in the midst of the outbreak of hip-hop, and from the many cartoons, horror/sci-fi movies, comics and video games that…
Mixed Media Artist - Ellen Dieter
Aug 13 • 105 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with mixed media artist Ellen Dieter. Dieter’s paintings evoke a unique and extraordinary fusion of skill and artistic abandon, while her organic compositions capture the ephemeral vitality of modern life. Ellen’s…
Visual Artist & Writer - Vanessa Christie
Aug 6 • 94 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with visual artist and writer Vanessa Christie. Vanessa writes short fiction novels, paints, and draws. Vanessa loves to share her art through the beauty of writing and story telling. Read her work in The Write…
Contemporary Fine Artist - Brenda Salamone
Jul 30 • 96 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with contemporary fine artist Brenda Salamone. Brenda is inspired, excited and motivated by the Earth elements. Her work strives to express the inward significance of our true selves. The matrix of stone on the…
Interdisciplinary Artist - Phof
Jul 23
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with interdisciplinary Artist Phof. Phof likes to brighten up his community with fun, interesting, and interactive installations. He describes himself as a manchild and a street diplomat acrobatically designing…
Conceptual and Installation Artist - John Mireles
Jul 17 • 92 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Conceptual and Installation Artist John Mireles. John’s work is focused on social commentary and issues surrounding social justice through the medium of photography and social engagement. John creates…
Mixed Media Artist Duo - ManRabbit
Jul 9 • 92 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Mixed Media Artist Duo ManRabbit. Carla Naden and Lee Selman make up the vivacious artistic duo of ManRabbit. Collaboratively weekly in a maelstrom of popcorn, bad TV shows, and a swirling pack of rescued dog,…
Painter and Photographer - Tamayo Muto
Jun 25
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with painter and photographer Tamayo Muto. Tamayo discovered her passion for art and creativity while attending college. During her time studying abroad in San Diego, Tamayo has immersed herself into her art…
Painter and Illustrator - Paul Naylor
Jun 18 • 124 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with painter and illustrator Paul Naylor. Paul is intrigued by the idea of using typography artistically, and he has always loved art associated with underground music and film, especially from decades past where…
Painter and Mixed Media Artist - Amanda Kachadoorian
Jun 12 • 98 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with painter and mixed media artist Amanda Kachadoorian. Amanda’s body of work aims to express the notions of identity, psychology, ephemerality, and nature. Every concept has an underlying relationship with one…
Painter & Illustrator Charlene Mosley
Jun 4 • 86 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with painter and illustrator Charlene Mosley. Charlene’s current work discusses the 21st century media-driven society and its relationship to technology and nature; in oils and watercolors. She depicts painted…
San Diego Print Makers - Aaron Ishaeik
May 20 • 84 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with artist and founder of San Diego Print Makers Aaron Ishaeik. Aaron is an award winning Creative Director with 15 years of design experience in multiple mediums. San Diego Print Makers is a collective of…
Horror Pop Artist - Jennifer Cooksey
May 14
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with horror pop artist Jennifer Cooksey of After Dark Creations. Jennifer is an artist, curator and aspiring author who specializes in horror, Pop art, mixed media monster sculpture and Dia de los muertos art.…
Original Ink Art - Jason Humphrey
May 7
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with pen and ink artist Jason Humphrey of Original Ink Art. Jason lets the work create through him by drawing upon himself and his surroundings. He is inspired by animals and the strong traits and spiritual power…
Sean Evans - Concept Artist for Films & Games
May 1
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with concept artist for films and games Sean Evans. Sean has worked on titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2. He pushes the status quo in his art and knows that thinking differently helps him…
Abstract Psychedelic Artist - Brent J
Apr 23 • 86 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with abstract psychedelic artist Brent J. His art is mainly characterized by his strong line work and bold use of psychedelic colors. His mesmerizing pieces captivate viewers with their energy and dizzying…
Future Human - Rock/Hip Hop/EDM
Apr 16 • 97 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with alternative Rock/Hip Hop/EDM band Future Human. Their musical styling is a blend of all the genres they love which creates a unique sound of their own. Future Human features the musical talents of Matt Winne,…
Katie Ruiz - Chicana Artist & Curator
Apr 2 • 88 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Chicana Artist and Curator Katie Ruiz. Katie has a strong connection with nature and often uses natural objects like rocks, shells, leaves and sticks in her weavings and sculptures. Her work is influenced by…
Kar Chi Ming - Chinese Ink Artist
Mar 26 • 70 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Ming Kar who specializes in Chinese Ink Art and Watercolor. Ming has dedicated his life to bridging the gap between the East and the West by marrying Chinese and Western art applications. He finds purpose in…
The Designer CPA - Peter Lang
Mar 19 • 89 min
Peter Lang, CPA is an accountant who specializes in the unique accounting challenges faced by artistic professionals. Designers and other artistic professionals may find that ordinary CPAs are unequipped for their needs, Peter has 16 years experience…
Painter & Muralist España Garcia
Mar 12 • 84 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with painter and muralist España Garcia. España blends her love of marine biology and beautiful woman to creates surrealist works of art that speak to her soul. She began her art career later in life, proving to…
Digital Artist Luz Maria Clayton
Mar 5 • 100 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with digital artist Luz Maria Clayton. Luz Maria’s canvas is her smartphone. Art is a tool that is a part of her life that has helped her process her negative emotions and see the color in life again. By believing…
Episode #38 - Brady Willmott
Feb 25 • 89 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with pop surrealist artist Brady Willmott. Brady creates artwork that inspires the imagination which leave a lasting impression on the viewer. His unique twist on pop surrealism blends his love for the ocean, the…
Episode #37 - T. Jay Santa Ana
Feb 18 • 93 min
T. Jay Santa Ana is an abstract artist who has a fascination with memory, nostalgia, and communing with past iterations of himself to inform his work. Using shapes, lines, and colors, T. Jay makes his mark within his art with moments and energy of…
Episode #36 - Sarah Stieber
Feb 11 • 93 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked I chat with Electric Realism painter Sarah Stieber. Sarah creates pieces which embody female empowerment. Using a bejeweled palette of brilliant hues and saturated colors, her work evocative energy to explore a spirited…
Episode #35 - C. Young
Feb 6
This week on The Artist Unmasked is hip hop artist C.Young. C. Young is an artist who uses hip hop music to traverse through life. Creating and writing music allows him to explore and connect to the many different facets of life.
Episode #34 - Philip Petrie
Nov 6, 2018 • 118 min
This week I chat with Philip Petrie. Philip is a symbolist painter who works in oils and mixed media. Inspired by surrealists and abstract expressionists styles, Philip creates work focused on the movement of the self and society towards wholeness.
Episode #33 - Joi Cole
Oct 30, 2018 • 98 min
This week I chat with Joi Cole. Joi is an extreme abstract painter. Joi is a young woman who is not afraid to take risks in life and with her work. She is pursuing her dreams of supporting herself by being a full time artist. She is very wise and I see…
Episode #32 - Kaitlyn Fusco
Oct 22, 2018 • 96 min
This week I chat with Kaitlyn Fusco. Kaitlyn is a mixed media illustration artist. Kaitlyn loves to incorporate symbolism, emotions, and mythological elements into her work. She invites her viewers to explore their ideas and their own interpretations of…
Episode #31 - Josh McCann
Oct 16, 2018 • 97 min
This week I chat with Josh McCann. Josh is a multi media artist and who works in many different mediums – from charcoal, graphic design, musician and music producer DJ Laser Rot and his most current work 3D animation, Josh has been involved in art his…
Episode #30 - Brian Baxter
Oct 8, 2018 • 83 min
This week I chat with Brian Baxter. Brian is an artist who loves to create in many different forms. He is a photographer, painter, musician in the band A New High and founder of Art Guide San Diego. He is a lover of art and enjoys helping fellows artists…
Episode #29 - Taylor Gallegos
Oct 2, 2018 • 101 min
This week I chat with Taylor Gallegos who is a painter and a muralist who creates works across all genres. His work range from portraits to with acrylics and oils. His work allows him to connect to what is most important to him and also allows him to…
Episode #28 - Lauren Siry
Sep 25, 2018 • 78 min
This week I chat with Lauren Siry artist, curator and founder of 1805 Gallery in San Diego, CA in the Little Italy district. Lauren has big goals of incorporating local art everywhere in San Diego, whether it be at her gallery, murals, Porto Vista Hotel,…
Episode #27 - Larry Caveney
Sep 18, 2018 • 125 min
This week I chat with Larry Caveney. Larry is a bi-morphic artist – he creates hybrid works of surrealism and pop art of portraits, erotica, landscapes, and art about art. Larry is an artist who is not afraid of pushing the boundaries and exploring many…
Episode #26 - Tanya Beszeditz
Sep 10, 2018 • 105 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked Podcast, I chat with the food product developer and future food scientist Tanya Beszeditz. Tanya has a passion for food and is currently studying to get her degree in food science. Art comes in all forms and I asked Tanya…
Episode #25 - Elena Maria
Sep 3, 2018 • 110 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked Podcast, I chat with the modern expressionism artist Elena Maria of Stand Tall Art. Elena Maria is a beautiful and strong woman who has gained empowerment through her art and through her love of the Saguaros Cati. Art has…
Episode #24 - Michelle Shearer
Aug 27, 2018 • 102 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked Podcast, I chat with the talented jewelry designer Michelle Shearer of Wire Moon Jewelry. Michelle designs and creates handmade wire-wrapped gemstone jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Inspired by earth and…
Episode #23 - Laura DeFrenza
Aug 20, 2018 • 107 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked Podcast, I chat with my very funny friend Laura DeFrenza. Laura is beginning her career as a comedian in San Diego, CA and is well on her way of becoming a star. She is hilarious, beautiful, and has some of the best dating…
Episode #22 - Tom Burdett
Aug 13, 2018 • 88 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked Podcast, I chat with my very talented friend Tom Burdett. Tom is a multi media artist who creates psychedelic mandalas, music producer, and audio engineer.
Episode #21 - Zaina Nazerally
Aug 6, 2018
This week on The Artist Unmasked Podcast, I chat with Zaina Nazerally. Zaina is an experimental artist ad curator of High Art Sd and Uncommon Collective in San Diego, CA. Zaina created the art collective Uncommon Collective who aims to create a platform…
Episode #20 - Tiffanie Mang
Jul 31, 2018 • 108 min
This week I chat with Tiffanie Mang. Tiffanie is a plein air and landscape artist who creates her work in both oil paints and gouache. She worked on Loving Vincent and has her Bachelor’s from USC in animation and digital arts.
Episode #19 - Taylah Luna
Jul 24, 2018 • 89 min
This week on The Artist Unmasked, Erica chats with Taylah Luna. Taylah is a signer/songwriter who has a passion for music and entertaining. Music has always been a part of her life and is taking the first steps and is pursuing her goals of on creating her…
Episode #18 - Elizabeth Zaikowski
Jul 16, 2018 • 99 min
Erica chats with Elizabeth Zaikowski who is a San Diego based artist who creates spiritual mandalas artwork and is the owner of Amusement Artists.
Episode #17 - Erik Benson
Jul 9, 2018 • 120 min
This week Erica chats with Erik Benson who is a multimedia artist and a curator of B2 Art Shows in San Diego, CA. Erik creates paintings, wearable sculptures, makeup special effects and is an advocate for finding resources to help with others with their…
Episode #16 - Angeline Puren
Jul 3, 2018 • 84 min
Angeline Puren is a jewelry, fashion, and home decor artist and owner of EEEVolving. She use to be a scientist and then moved into the arts when she realized the creativity inside herself needed to be let out. EEEvolving means eclectic, eccentric, and…
Episode #15 - Brandon Sand
Jun 26, 2018 • 111 min
I sit down with Brandon Sand who is an intellectual property lawyer based in San Diego, CA. Brandon started his career as a music producer in New York City and quickly found he could be of service to his artist friends by learning how to help them protect…
Episode #14 - Nicholas Ivins
Jun 19, 2018 • 101 min
This week Erica chats with Nicholas Ivins who is an award winning artist and illustrator based in San Diego, CA. His work is full of colors, love, and lots of details. He is always exploring new ways to sell his art so if you are artist looking to build…
Episode #13 - Eli Makani
Jun 11, 2018 • 95 min
This week Erica chats with Eli Makani is fine art illustrator who specializes in surrealist and realistic portraits. Eli is an artist who believes “life is better when you keep it interesting and keep it weird”.
Episode #12 - Erin Bowman
Jun 4, 2018 • 97 min
This week I talk to Erin Bowman is the owner of Soul Flow Studio in San Diego, CA. She is an artist creating spaces for art workshops and healers.
Episode #11 - Cayce Hanalei
May 28, 2018 • 117 min
Join Erica and her Artist of the Week Cayce Hanalei. Cayce is a portrait artist and curator based in San Diego. Cayce has immense talent and degrees in business and art to be and combines them to be a creative entrepreneur to watch.
Episode #10 - Leonora Anzaldua
May 22, 2018 • 117 min
Erica chats with the amazingly talented photographer and filmmaker Leonora Anzaldua.
Episode #9 - Aaron Summers
May 14, 2018 • 93 min
This week, Erica sits down with San Diego artist Aaron Summers. He is a Urban/Modern Abstract/Graphic Design who infuses music and story telling into his paintings.
Episode #8 - Joe Dreamz
May 7, 2018 • 98 min
Erica sits down and chats with inspirational hip hip artist Joe Dreamz. Joe Dreamz shares his own journey of personal development and how music has helped him through stressful times and how his music can help others.
Episode #7 - Greg Schaefer
May 1, 2018
Erica sits down and chats with mixed media artist Greg Schaefer. Greg creates sculptures using industrial products and his creative mind to create beautiful one of a kind pieces.
Episode #6 - Patrick Neil Brown
Apr 17, 2018 • 111 min
Erica sits down with Patrick Neil Brown. He is an oil painter who specializes in portraits and non-objective abstract. Patrick is a full time artists who use art to help bring awareness and support to HIV positive artists in San Diego and nationwide.
Episode #5 - Optimus Volts
Apr 10, 2018 • 135 min
Erica sits down with San Diego based pop culture mixed media artist Optimus Volts. Optimus Volts in inspired by everyday objects, pop culture, and Day of the Dead art. Join us on journey through his process of creating art.
Episode #4 -Julie Groening
Apr 3, 2018 • 87 min
This week I feature a different type of artist, a talented baker and food artist Julie Groening. I considered her to be one of the most talented pastry decorators of our time. Her cakes and pastries are truly a work of art.
Episode #3 - David Taveras
Mar 27, 2018 • 99 min
Erica sits down with David Taveras, an abstract and surrealist painter originally from the Dominic Republic who has been painting since he can remember. Art is a part of his daily life and he always paying attention to opportunities where he can display…
Episode #2 - Krissy Sunflower
Mar 20, 2018 • 109 min
I sit down with Krissy Sunflower from Viva Wild to talk about flow state, art, finding your power animal and how we can treat Mama Earth better.
Episode #1 - Sylvain Malfroy-Camine
Mar 6, 2018 • 66 min
Erica sits down with her wonderful friend, Sylvain Malfroy-Camine for the very first episode of The Artist Unmasked.