Deborah Granger

Deborah Granger is publisher and editorial director of TribeLA Magazine. Her background includes 30+ years of broadcast experience as well as book publishing, including magazine pre-press and distribution. Deborah is an integrated marketing specialist and has enjoyed careers at CBS Radio-Los Angeles and iHeart Media, formerly Clear Channel. As a book publisher, Deborah became a bestselling publisher on and served as Associate Publisher at BLVDS-LV magazine.

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Considered to be one of the leading kora players of his generation, Prince Diabaté brings not only total mastery over his ancestral tradition, but a commitment to renew it through fresh ideas and exchanges with musicians from many cultures. His years in the USA produced collaborations with artists and groups as diverse as The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Adam del Monte (Flamenco) Hassan Hakmoun (Gnawa) and Grammy winners Michael Brook (guitarist-producer-composer) and Ozomatli (Hip-Hop fusion.) READ MORE

Rohitash Rao art exhibit at Google, Venice Beach Art Walk

We met Rohitash Rao the week his exhibition was featured at Google in Venice Beach. Alexandra Dillon, an incredible artist, who has been featured here at TribeLA Magazine, recommended him to our audience. Rohitash is a painter, illustrator, art director, director of commercials, short films and music videos. He is also co-creator, with longtime friend Kathy Hepinstall Parks of UNDERBELLY comics. READ MORE

I created this piece for the LA Times, LA Affairs column. A newly divorced woman goes out dancing for the first time as a single person and has an unexpectedly good time. My color palette is often steered by the concept and assignment. I was inspired by vintage footage from the film, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend and Marilyn Monroe’s lips, so I went for fuchsia, red and a very warm color palette. READ MORE

Between the Worlds by Outi Harma

Within our daily routines we can become lost in the superficial where our focus gets narrowed and limited. We are also getting more disconnected to nature. What if we could slow down to hear the earth? What if we could see the layers between the physical and non-physical world where the trees would share their wisdom and we would humbly listen.  READ MORE

Hotel Fiorita by Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore ideas of childhood, aging, and the humanity that connects us. She received a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Alan Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline returned to Los Angeles and to her own artistic practice. READ MORE

Judy Nimtz by Debbie Zeitman

In May 2016 I came across a group of artists being forced from their studios. Their building was about to undergo renovations, and while the artists had been offered to return upon completion of construction, most could not due to the sudden increase in their rents. I asked to photograph & speak to them in their spaces before they left. READ MORE

River Rock Series by Sandy Bleifer

My work evolves from an inquiry into the nature of my materials, my working process, and the paper itself. What I learn from my media I use as a frame of reference for the real world. The pieces in the River Rocks series express some of the common ground shared by natural processes and my art-making methods. READ MORE

Fabloid LA by Rob Sussman

Fabloid LA This is an old one for LA Weekly. Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. I initially drew them as heralding the apocalypse, but then felt bad, like I and so many others were scapegoating them. More projection, perhaps, but it was really fun to draw. TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview with Rob Sussman.6 Special: Who or what holds a special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process? My sons have been the center of my life for 20+ years, lighting up my existence and offering great feedback (when they can be bothered). A couple teachers at Otis READ MORE

So what do you do for a living? by Paul Torres

Naturally gifted with a keen observation of everyday life and the cultural, social, political and religious landscape in the world we live, Paul Torres’ art embodies a rich imagination and is laced with social commentary and a soulful interpretation of everyday life. Paul was born in Chile, his interest in art began at age 3 after being introduced to comic books. READ MORE

Rebeca by Paul Torres

Coming to the United States for a one-year stay at the age of nine to Mar Vista, CA is when Paul fell in love with the art culture here. After immigrating to the United States permanently at age 18, he served in the U.S. Army, attended Otis Parsons Art Institute forum for two years and in 1998, he received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. READ MORE

Honors Mindset by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC on May 8, 2010; the Historical Black College, where her foundation, The Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institution is being established. Synthia, is also the recipient of the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards, including the a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and an Oppenheim Gold Award all for her books. READ MORE

Synthia SAINT JAMES-Studio-Shot

“I’ve been told that I have a golden and magnetic aura, and love that description which I hope to always live up to. I think of myself as a 68 year old petite woman with the heart and energy of a child. I’m always open and love to embrace new ideas, and creative challenges.” READ MORE

Artist Alexandra Dillon

A native of Los Angeles, Alexandra Dillon received her B.A. in film from UCLA, then returned to her lifelong passion for making art. Her love of Old Master painting led her to study classical realism in Florence, Italy, then New Orleans, finally settling in Venice, CA. She has since appeared in group and solo shows in Los Angeles. READ MORE

Palimpsest burned brushes by Alexandra Dillon

…Alexander Dillon told TribeLA Magazine that she took the burned brushed home, and at first, she didn’t know what to do with them. She played with them turning them back and forth … then she began to paint and stories evolved. With all of her brushes, “They show up and tell me who they are,” she says. Working on each piece over the course of several days, she finds the emotion and personality of her characters. The results are beautiful and engaging faces, often reminiscent of Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits or Baroque painting. “I’m influenced by the art of every era”, she says. READ MORE