Three artists show work at Bird Rock café in August


The projects of three area artists fill Bird Rock Coffee Roasters café at 5827 La Jolla Blvd. this month: Check out the dynamic large-scale abstracts from Andy Jones, the inviting acrylics of the shoreline and waves by Chris McGrath, and the artfully displayed photos of surfer Ryan Gambrell.

Jones grew up in La Jolla attending Bird Rock Elementary, Muirlands Middle, La Jolla High School and San Diego State University. He said he explored many types of art methods through his multimedia curriculum, landing him with a love for painting and photography.

His work explores techniques he crafted while working in wetlabs and darkrooms, however this style is not limited to his photographic prints. Jones’ paintings also incorporate natural drips and the splatter of ink and paint, commonly found in darkroom printing. The paintings explore how photorealistic outlines, finger-painting, splatter-painting and ink-washing can all coincide in one piece of art.

Colorblind, Jones said his art is influenced by everyday life — sharing experiences with his family, his love of the ocean, traveling the world and his faith. He resides in Pacific Beach and spends each day creating art and enjoying the beauty of the area. On the web:

Photographer and avid surfer Gambrell said he is a proud San Diego native and adventure enthusiast. He always strives to keep things exciting in his life, which has led to things such as taking selfies with sharks! These experiences and a strong regard for the Earth’s beauty, created his drive and passion to capture moments on film.

“Please enjoy some of my favorite photos from afar and here at home,” he said. See this amazing surfer with a infectious positive attitude by watching the inspirational interview on his website or on YouTube “Ryan Gambrell proves positive attitudes triumph in surf — The Inertia.”