We had the good fortune of connecting with Candace Rae Oestreich and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Candace Rae, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My business continually brings awareness to the importance of keeping children exposed to the Arts. As an Artist, I’ve taken a world view approach of community. Despite color, despite language, Art binds us in a way that visually stimulates conversation with an expression of color. Art, in its many forms, is connected to a greater community. For me, as an Artist who teaches young children of multiple ethnicities and of all ages, has showcased what that power of what a paint brush can do. It allows our youth to communicate with each other through the act of expression that otherwise is hard to formulate with words. Art begins to given children a healthy platform in which they can paint out loud and showcase it to a much bigger spectrum of generations. What if every child was given the opportunity to paint through their day once a week for a year? What would we see? But furthermore what would be the unity that inter twines us all? Like it’s done since this beginning of time, Art chronicles our own lives and experiences over time. Art should be tangible, Art should be talked about, Art should be showcased and heard. It’s powerful, it’s binding and with the proper expression – it’s healing.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am Creative and art instructor living and working outside of San Luis Obispo, California. I paint loudly with whimsical and unique color combinations and am not afraid to push the boundaries with new techniques. I’ve always had a passion to teach – so sharing these new methods has always seem to set me apart. I love to paint LIVE and love to teach the young. The journey as a creative entrepreneur is always full of surprises and many side hustles. One day after a decade of constant grind, it felt easier. It was the day I became fully aware that my calendar wasn’t my master but I was the master of my calendar. I learned that being organized, keeping track of expenses, being intentional with my ‘yes; and being okay with saying ‘no’, would propel me into some of my best work and most successful series. It was then that although the scope of my art work wouldn’t change – the reach of my audience would change. My story is not unique, but it’s one full of Grace. My brand continually evolves around my community and the hope to bridge a gap. The gap between race, between classes and between genders. I want to stir conversations and welcome dialogue. I want to encourage our youth to express themselves with the platform of art and I want to see my story as helping hand along the way.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Did I leave out the part that I’m an adventure seeker 😉 We’d pack up my paddle boards and head straight to Avila Beach and spend the best part of the day on the glassy waters of Port San Luis. Later, we’d warm up with the best oatmilk lattes in town from Scout Coffee downtwon San Luis Obispo. Sun kissed but still wanting to explore we’d trail over one of the seven sister hikes in the area. Known by the locals, we’d head over to Tin City in Templeton for wine tasting with three of my favorite tasting rooms. Seven Oxen, Nicora Wine, and Levo. Dinner would be followed with a the best ahi nachos in town at Fish Gaucho in Paso Robles.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Corey Villicana. @theroadesentials I met Corey within a highly curated Art show down in San Diego a few years back. She became an instant mentor to me with her spirit of creative entrepreneurial spirit. Alongside her So Cal Photography business she operates a wellness brand and continually strives for excellence. I’m so thankful for her pursuit over the years.

Website: https://www.candaceraeart.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/candacerae/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Candaceraeart/