I am a local artist and cofounder of The Beluga and Bee Studio located in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square District. For the last decade I have been heavily involved in Sonoma county’s art community. I have dedicated my time and studio space to host group art shows for other up and coming local talent. This is important to me because I was taken under the wing of a retired photographer, Ron Emanuel, when I first moved to Sonoma county. I feel inspired to pay it forward to other aspiring artists. Community and active support are key to a healthy art community.