Alejandra Germann

Alejandra has always been inspired by color, nature, and the female form. Her works tend to represent the bright and flamboyant colors of the Latin culture of her youth. She also strives to express the powerful connections women have in being female and nature’s restless strength and beauty. Ale has her roots in Orange County and received her art degree at San Clara University.

When I paint, it is very meditative and healing. I’ve always believed art is healing.

Anna Vanover

A lifelong Orange County resident, Anna believes it is always important to give back to her community. As an avid gardener and wildlife enthusiast, her love for plants and animals is evident in her work. Her compassion for animals also led to her developing the non-profit organization Rise for Wildlife. She hosts a podcast by the same name and has had her art displayed in many wildlife and nature preservation organizations across the U.S.

Art and animals have gone hand in hand with me. I've always had a very deep interest in both.

Bill Drysdale

I think art visually transports you to a different place. It's kind of a little bit of a transformation, and a little bit of an escape.

Bradford Rhoades

Ever since he can remember, art has always been Bradford’s “go-to” to keep him feeling alive. After receiving his bachelor’s of fine arts, he tried life in the corporate world but soon experienced what he describes as an awakening to be his authentic self, where art was at the center. “For me, I realized that being an artist is truly who I am! The Creator has given us all talents,” says Bradford. “I hope you enjoy my interpretations.”

If it can inspire people to embrace the day that you have right now—live it. Make every blessed moment of it.

Christopher DeFelippo

Christopher is a Grammy-winning designer and Academy Award-nominated artist whose digital work has appeared on posters, stickers, and canvas. He has also worked for Marvel Comics as an artist and editor. Christopher’s work with Disney Animation includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame and video game adaptions. He has also been Creative Director for Warner Brothers and now is Chief Creative Director at Microsoft. He has lived and worked in Orange County for seven years.

Ekta Aggarwal

Ekta, an Indian national living in Delhi, uses intuition, touch and sight to determine the materials in her artwork, which feature items like scrap fabric that serve as the base of her paintings. Ekta earned a degree of fine arts in London and master’s degree in California, and her work has been shown in England, India, Los Angeles and New York. She understands the struggle of cancer and is glad her work is on display at City of Hope. “I hope it brings a lot of joy for everyone who sees it,” she says.

Herb Proske

Herb has been the Director of Design and Foundation Studies at the Art Institute of Orange County. He is a watercolorist and illustrator whose work has been shown in the Forest and Ocean Gallery and has been a member of local art foundations RSM Cares and Flying Leatherneck, where he has served on the museum’s judging panel. His works focus on animals and landscapes, and he enjoys experimenting with digitizing images in Photoshop and Illustrator.

If my art can help create an opportunity for someone to take their mind off what they are going through, that is a good moment.

Jaclyn Fields

Jaclyn is a digital photographer based in Huntington Beach. She focuses her skills on landscape and portrait photography. Her themes are nature, emotion, and travel. Jaclyn is deeply connected to the outdoors and expresses her faith through sunsets, plants, and landscapes. She wants her audience to feel a sense of peace, appreciation, and excitement as they explore the beautiful Southern California environment. Jaclyn graduated from California State University Long Beach, runs a photography business, and teaches photography to young people.

Being part of this opportunity with City of Hope is definitely rewarding and fulfilling. It’s a blessing to have my photos be able to connect with those who are going through challenging times.

James Harrell

Photographer Jim Harrell has pursued his art for 40 years. He was trained in the U.S. Air Force and saw significant action while documenting dignitaries and Air Force accomplishments. He continued his love for photography while serving as a sergeant in the CSI office of the Orange County Sheriff. His career has taken him around the world and to both coasts. These days, he enjoys capturing the beauty around him.

My hope is that my photography promotes life in a positive manner

James Williamson

Jim was born in Kentucky and studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He Ioved art growing up, and since retirement, has been able to commit more time to his watercolors,  painting landscapes and portraits. When working for an architect/ design company in Ohio, he was transferred to Southern California to open an office and has lived here ever since. He lives in Trabuco Canyon with his family and loves it.

Being positive is such a powerful emotion. When my daughter Cassandra was diagnosed with breast cancer, what gave me comfort as a father was knowing she felt hopeful that her end result would be OK—and her doctors supported that positive approach.

Jim McLoughlan

Jim earned his master’s of fine arts at the University of Southern California after traveling from his home base of Brooklyn, New York. Having served many years in health care, Jim picked up his painting tools to return to his first childhood love of making art. He continues to create and is currently president of the RSM Cares Art Cohort. He lives with his family in Orange County

My hope is that one of my paintings will bring a moment of inspiration to a cancer patient, a family member of the dedicated staff of this wonderful place.

Kamila Kowalke

As a young child in Communist Poland during the early 80s, Kamila had to find beauty and peace where it often did not exist. The challenges of being raised in a difficult and different generation inspired her artistic journey. After 30 years in the United States, 20 of them in Orange County, and a business career, she now has time to “lose herself” in painting. Kamila says her works express “joy, laughter, humility, and appreciation that I am part of this amazing universe and all it has to offer.”

Adding color to your life and peace, calm, joy and love to your space is my artistic mission.

L. Lawrence Bispo

L. Lawrence is an award-winning artist. Storytelling is of primary interest to him, whether narrative or conceptual. He is always looking for ways to include color, composition, and shape design in his storytelling. He earned a master’s degree in illustration and design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, he teaches illustration and typography at Saddleback College and has been working in Orange County for over ten years. He lives in Carlsbad.

Mark Chodzko

Mark is a photographer who received his bachelor’s of fine arts in communications at California State University Fullerton, with an emphasis in film. He has worked in the film industry for most of his career, recently transitioning to his first love, photography. Mark has particular expertise in sports photography and has worked for the Orange County Register and local high schools. He teaches filmmaking and photography at Orange County School of the Arts and JSerra High School.

I hope my photographs bring just a little momentary feeling of peace and happiness.

Megan Lasken

Megan is a graphic designer who grew up in Southern California. She is strongly influenced by the surf culture and Southern California landscapes. Megan recently received her bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Southern California. Currently, she is an art director at a creative agency in Burbank, also making time to “get out in the world and create.”

Meredith Moody

Meredith was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a fifth-generation Californian. After graduating from the University of Southern California as an art student, she married and settled in Orange County. After pursuing a teaching career, she now focuses on her artwork. Meredith has displayed her work in the Motzie Gallery in Laguna Beach and developed a series of prints distributed through local retail stores. She draws inspiration from the Orange County landscape –from the picturesque canyons to the stunning beaches. “They provide a calmness and comfort that I try to bring to my artwork,” she says.

The ocean brings a sense of peace and calm. I paint to bring the same feelings to those who see my work.

Mihye Joy

Mihye combines Western and Eastern media to create multiple layers that express the emotions associated with the hope of God’s promise. “I would summarize my work as colorful, abstract, and spiritual,” Mihaye says.

I believe art has such a healing power to share pain and hope. Having hope and positive thinking is very important, but acknowledging one's weakness, pain, and depression is also necessary.

Mimi Cora

Mimi has spent her whole life in Orange County. She is a mixed media artist who has shown her work throughout Southern California. Her pieces are inspired in part by her husband’s connection with Disney Imagineering. She shares her love of art through local philanthropy and is represented by Chemers Gallery in Tustin, California

I hope my work inspires you to heal in your own creative way.

Nancy Harrell

Nancy was born and raised in Southern California. She received her master’s of fine arts from California State University, Fullerton. She was the founding director of Orange County School of the Arts, also serving as the Dean of Arts at the school’s Santa Ana site. She opened a second conservatory for the arts program, California Conservatory of the Arts, at JSerra High School. She also works in visual arts community outreach for Santa Margarita High School. Nancy likes to use color, watercolor collage, and lighthearted imagery to recapture her Southern California upbringing. Her art has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul, and her murals are at several Orange County sites.

Art is such a wonderful gift that we can give to people. It is my gift I want to share to bring joy and peace to all who view my pieces.

Paige Columbia Oden

Having spent her childhood in Orange County, Paige’s artistic narrative centers on capturing a moment in time and the memory of the experience. “I grew up on the beaches of Balboa and Laguna Beach with artist parents. My youth was spent swimming in the ocean at L Street and painting boat scenes at the Pavilion with my father.” Paige works in mixed media, including oils, acrylics, pencils, pastel, and ink. She has participated in the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts for 20 years, and her works are in collections across the country.

I hope that my work will transport people to a time when they were happy, healthy and thriving and surrounded by good things. That is the goal in my paintings.

Rudy Gardea

Rudy received his master’s of fine arts in illustration and design and has since become an in-house creative and pursues freelance commissions for organizations ranging from the military to wildlife and environmental causes. His clients have included the NFL, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, Old Guys Rule, Flying Leatherneck Museum, and the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center. “I try to achieve visual clarity with emotional resonance,” Rudy says. “I want the viewer to be engaged and entertained in the story being told.” Rudy also teaches at the college and high school levels at the Art Institute, Saddleback College, and Santa Margarita High School

I always look at nature and when I see the Sequoia trees, how the ecosystem works, how one animal feeds on another, which feeds on another—that that's divine to me. I am constantly studying it.

Alli Conrad

When Alli’s father passed from cancer in 2020, Alli turned to the only healing mechanism that has never failed her: Art. She became interested in art while on a 2018 trip to Israel, and describes her artistic process as surreal, symbolic, whimsical and mystical. Now living in Portugal, Alli enjoys discovering and experimenting with her paintings without the rules or limitations that a formal art education might impose. “Art provides such a beautiful way to feel, especially inside hospitals because they have a bad rap of being depressing. It doesn’t have to be like that,” she says.

Amee Calloway

Amee is an abstract artist whose inspiration comes from interior design and fashion, as well as the process of finding her client’s vision to create the perfect piece. Her works are crafted with mixed media and acrylic paint to highlight the textures and layers in each piece. Amee has loved creating since childhood; she recently returned to Alabama after living in Dallas, Texas, with her three sons and husband, and works from a studio in her backyard. Amee’s art has been featured in shops and galleries throughout the southern United States.

Ann Aspinwall

A New York native, Ann works primarily in print mediums, using fundamental elements of line and colors to evoke expanses of water, landscape, and sky. Her lines are hand-drawn from her imagination—lines convey topographical features while select colors elicit light and atmospheric conditions. Ann earned a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and studied printmaking at studios in Scotland and Italy. She is co-founder of Aspinwall Editions, a fine art print publisher and studio in Hudson, NY, and her works have been featured in galleries worldwide.

Ann Needham

After painting for many years with her work appearing in galleries across New South Wales, Australia, Ann’s current inspiration is derived from the things that spark joy: relationships, the natural world, domestic life, gardening, and music. In the past, she found it restrictive to paint in only one style or medium. Ann now prefers to use whatever medium the moment or idea requires at that time. It is Ann’s hope that the joy she feels creating her art transfers to the viewer in some meaningful way.

Claire McConaughy

Claire’s paintings are meditations on patterns, shapes and beauty of nature – work she describes as “poetic moments connected to the present and past.” The New Yorker, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, spends much of her time looking at scenes around her, connecting visual elements in her mind. Currently a community college associate professor, Claire was eager to contribute her work to City of Hope Orange County. “To place art where it can support the betterment of people who are in deep need of being soothed is really important,” she says.

Dashiel Manley

Dashiel’s large colorful paintings draw viewers into an active world of patterns and shapes, of transitions and transformation. Born in California, Dashiell earned a Bachelor’s Degree at California Institute of the Arts and a Master’s at University of California Los Angeles; his works have been shown widely around the world. His piece for City of Hope Orange County has a peaceful, meditative quality. “I’m interested in the moment one decides to change their story,” he says. “This change sparks a second transformation in the formal qualities of the work itself.”

Deborah Moss

With her late husband, Deborah founded in 1987 her Toronto-based studio Moss & Lam, which is commissioned to create large art pieces for public spaces, hotels and restaurants around the world. She understands the importance of art in a healthcare setting, as it was only a few years ago she was treated for melanoma and has known many who have struggled with cancer. “You want to bring something that gives people a glimmer of joy, a little distraction from the grief they’re feeling, to elevate the moment for them. For me, that’s really meaningful,” she says.

Donald Sultan

North Carolina native Donald Sultan is an artist whose paintings include enamel, roofing tar, aluminum, linoleum, and spackle, pushing the boundaries of each medium. Donald earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and rose to prominence in the late 1970s as part of the “New Image” movement. Weighty and structured, Donald’s paintings are simultaneously abstract and representational, using techniques of gouging, sanding, and buffing to create flatness, depth, and texture. His works have been exhibited worldwide.

Elisabeth Condon

Harmony and beauty infuse Elisabeth’s colorful abstract artwork. Although the painter splits her time between New York City and Florida, she was raised in California and has studied in Shanghai, where she practiced techniques of Chinese painting. As a cancer survivor herself, Elisabeth understands the “vitality of harmony, and how the life force and harmony were really the integration of all factors of life, the dark and the light together, and the calm that could result.” She earned a bachelor’s of fine arts, and her work has been shown around the country and internationally.

Eva Struble

Eva, a professor at San Diego State University, paints large, colorful canvases of abstract landscapes and plants using acrylic paints in addition to her 3-D relief works. She earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from Brown University and a master’s of fine arts from Yale University, and her work has been shown in locations throughout the country. She’s pleased her art is on display at City of Hope Orange County because she enjoys making “beautiful, unique, inspiring work for people who are feeling many emotions – and of course, work that inspires hope.”

Irene Mamiye

Irene, a New York-based artist, uses photography, video and digital imaging techniques in her artistic expression, but photography is the ground from which her work begins. Born in France, she discovered a love of photography and drawing as a child. She earned a bachelor’s from New York University and a master’s from New York’s School of Visual Arts. Many in Irene’s life have been touched by cancer – her young grandson, mother, aunts, friends – and that’s why she is in awe of City of Hope Orange County and the “great love” behind its founding.

John Ripenhoff

Since 2012, John has been creating a series of sky paintings that he paints outdoors when most people are asleep. He paints from rooftops, at the beach, in a field – and the results are large canvases that draw the viewer into soothing mysterious spaces and patterns. Born and raised in Milwaukee, he earned a bachelor’s of fine arts and co-founded The Green Gallery, which hosts contemporary art exhibits, performance and film screenings. John’s loved ones have gone through battles with cancer, and he believes his sky painting is beneficial for its quality of calmness.

Julia Fernandez Farro

Katie Brightside

Katie, a West Hollywood-based artist, hopes patients feel a sense of peace when they look up at the art she created for the skylights of the MRI rooms – a project she undertook because of her father, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 18 years old but was able to live another 38 years. Over her 21-year international career, she has worked in a wide range of artistic fields, including fashion, illustration and mural scale artwork. Now, she creates primarily illustrations and murals. “Art is who I am and what I live for,” she says.

Lauren Miller

Leo Cruz Melo

Mara De Luca

Although her father dedicated his life to cancer research for nearly 40 years at the National Institutes of Health, Mara’s interests leaned toward the arts in her early years in Maryland. She earned a bachelor’s from Columbia University and studied with well-known New York artists before moving to Berlin and then relocating to California to earn a master’s of fine arts. She is inspired by the western sunlight and landscapes, and her large canvases convey the quiet serenity of a vast sunset or night sky. In these ways, her art has an uplifting quality.

Marya Deluca

Michael Harnish

A Dana Point native, Michael’s paintings and sculptures use the shapes of flowers, palm fronds and cacti as abstract forms splashed with bright colors across large canvases. He was moved by art and architecture while traveling through Europe, and earned a master’s of fine arts in California, where he is having a major show of his work in the fall. Both of his parents are cancer survivors, and he is thankful to have his art on display at City of Hope Orange County to bring “a little bit of hope or joy.”

Melissa Ellis

Ned Evans

California sunlight and surfboard shapes appear in much of Ned’s abstract paintings, which primarily use acrylics. From a young age, his two strongest interests were surfing and art. Today, some of his pieces feature geometric or surfboard-like shapes in bright colors, or combine wood, fabric and plastic, creating a mixture of textures. Ned, whose mother was a nurse and died of leukemia, earned his master’s of fine arts from UC Irvine and later moved to Venice, where he first began selling his paintings. Now, his work has been shown in galleries internationally.

Peter Hopkins

A native of New York, Peter’s artistic career is based on the idea of creating something that looks like a painting, but isn’t a painting. His wife is a cancer survivor, and her struggle 25 years ago inspired him to begin using medical fluids – such as dyes used to color cells, tissues or microorganisms – in his pieces. With a bachelor’s and masters of fine arts, Peter now owns an art company and works only on commission. He has created numerous pieces for exhibits across the globe, from Germany and Monaco to Los Angeles and Chicago.

Resa Blatman

Resa, a Massachusetts-based visual artist, believes everything originated from stardust, and is hopeful that “after we die, we’re sent out into the vast universe to float and move around each other in waves, and bump into our friends, family and animals whom we once loved.” Reuniting with loved ones holds a lot of power for Resa, who lost her mother to cancer. But her artwork helped calm and heal her. She uses complementary colors combined with freeform, rugged mark-making to create what she describes as irregular art that is surprising and stunning. 

Rema Ghuloum

When Rema was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer, it put a lot into perspective for her. Going through cancer “made me focus on things that were the most meaningful to me, practice healthier habits, and gave me the courage to be a full-time artist and put my work energy into my art.” Rema recalls making art at a very young age, and she went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts. Her abstract artwork evokes a sense of ethereal movement embedded in lush colors, which she describes as “ecstatic.” 

Roma Osowo

For Roma, hope is at the center of her art journey. While she grew up making art in her native British Virgin Isles, she put painting aside for many years while working in marketing and raising a family. The Texas-based artist finally dove into her art in 2017 – and now, her work is reproduced and distributed through major retailers such as T.J.Maxx and Barnes & Noble. Roma’s father died of throat cancer 15 years ago and her physician husband sees cancer every day. “I hope my life and work remind people anything is possible,” she says.

Shelly Helms Fleisman

Shelley, a Georgia-based painter, has survived multiple bouts of cancer since she was 26 – and those struggles are what pushed her toward a turning point in her life and career in information technology. So, Shelley went back to school, earned a master’s of fine arts, and began teaching at the college level. “I don’t think that would have happened if I had not had that diagnosis,” she says. Her painting began as a hobby – and today, her work is in a number of galleries. 

Yunhee Min

Los Angeles-based artist, Yunhee Min creates art that explores color, gesture, and abstraction; her use of squeegees and sprayers adds an ethereal quality to her work. The South Korea native earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Art Center in Pasadena and a Master’s of Design Studies from Harvard University, but she longed for a different experience—so she moved to Germany and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in Seoul as well as in U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.