Adam is a New Jersey-based surfer and photographer. Adam is donating 100% of his sold prints to the Love for Love City Foundation.
"I was born and raised in Toms River just minutes from the beach. I grew up playing sports and surfing, and spending every summer day at the beach. I was taught to love the ocean by my parents, who are both huge beach people. As I got older, the ocean became my place of peace and Zen. As I got more into photography, I realized that I really wanted to get more into surf, beach and ocean photography. Now, I shoot surf and ocean photos for several publications, such as Eastern Surf Magazine and Surfline. I shoot for charities such as Life Rolls On, Waves of Impact, the Mauli Ola Foundation, and Surfers Healing. Doing these events is a whole different level of enjoyment as the photographer, and as a person in general. I have also been lucky enough to shoot with people such as Jay Alders, Garrett Dutton (G Love and the Special Sauce), Landon McNamara and others. I hope to continue to grow my photography career and be able to use it to help raise money for the groups I work with and their causes."
Anne is a photographer who has lived on St. John for many years, surviving Hurricane Irma in a house with 17 of her closest friends. Her prints are being sold to keep her photography business, STJ Creative, afloat and to eventually rebuild her studio in Cruz Bay, as she is currently spending all of her time documenting the aftermath and rebuild in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.
"Living on this tourism-sustained island where locals are few and far in between, I often get asked, “How did you end up here?” And the answer is simple really - I followed the advice I've been getting my whole life from my elders, teachers, trusted advisers and parents: Follow your dreams. So I did, all the way to the beautiful island of St. John.
I knew the moment I stepped foot in the warm, white sand and gazed at the landscape around me that could only be described as a dream that I was…home. As the sun beat down on my skin and my ears filled with sounds of the ocean, my soul found instant peace. Having lived on St. John once before, and leaving to finish my college education, I knew exactly what I was missing the years I remained in the States pursuing jobs in the field of photography. After finally landing my dream job in Fort Lauderdale in 2011, and after months of learning editing software, piles of camera equipment, business strategies, and more, I dreamt up STJ Creative while I sat at my 9-to-5 desk. I manifested existence out of possibility, and once again chose to turn my dreams into reality."
Carly is a painter and photographer, assistant to Anne Bequette of STJ Creative. She started Art for Love City with the help of Teal Nicholson and Lisa Bequette, donating 100% of proceeds for the first month after Hurricane Irma.Carly is now selling her paintings to help keep STJ Creative afloat and eventually rebuild their studio in Cruz Bay.
"I'm self-taught, my art career budding from painting photographs of people. By focusing on the intimate features and details that tell the stories of others - piercing eyes, curved lips, the slight arch of a brow, I realized that with every outline, every accent of light, I could bring these photographs back to life. I was once told that happiness is achieved when it includes a balance of three key components: pleasure, people and purpose. In my first year as an artist, I saved 50% of all proceeds to donate to my cousin’s special education school, The Talk Institute. To this day, I like to pay it forward with my paintings in return for all the peace that the art brings me."
Gina is an artist living on St. Thomas. She is donating 100% of the proceeds from her St. John Watercolor Map Collection sold on Art for Love City to the Love for Love City Foundation. You can view more of her work here: isolabellashop.com
"I am a fine artist, product designer and the owner of Isola Bella, which means 'beautiful island.' My art and lifestyle brand was established in 2008 on the island of St. Thomas. My designs are inspired by nature, sea, travels, beauty and the simple pleasures of everyday living. I work in clay, watercolors and oils, often translating my art into wearable accessories, home goods and stationery design. My work is sold throughout the Caribbean and U.S."
Leah is a previous resident of St. John, and a watercolor artist. She is donating 100% of the proceeds from her paintings to the Love for Love City Foundation.
"Our love for St. John began when my husband and I moved there in Summer 2011. He was the director of operations at The Westin, and about a month into our move, I met Mary Bartolucci and became a wedding planner with Island Style Weddings. Our original plan of two years rolled right into four, and it was some of the best days, months and years of our lives. New friends, adventures, experiences, vacations and perhaps best of all, was being able to share our love for the island with our friends and families. My passion for watercolor actually began on St. John; I’ve always loved art, but it was working with Mary that allowed me an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing. I miss working with her very much. Our beautiful boy was made on St. John and we can’t wait to bring him there soon! Sending our love & strength to the Virgin Islands."
Natalie is a Pennsylvania-based watercolor artist. She is now donating 50% of all proceeds to the Love for Love City Foundation. For the first month after Hurricane Irma, Natalie helped us raise funds by donating 100% of her proceeds.
"I have always loved arts and crafts, but I've recently found a new love of watercolor. Painting is the one activity where I completely zone out and find my happy place. I am currently experimenting with calligraphy and pairing my paintings with different quotes and sayings. When I'm not painting, I can be found studying for graduate school, where I am pursuing a Master's degree in occupational therapy. I love helping others and am so excited to use my artwork to fundraise for those in need."