My name is Charity Oetgen. I was born and raised in Moline, Illinois.
My earliest memories of art come from when I was four or five years old, sitting at an easel and filling sketchbooks with characters from Tom & Jerry and Disney movies. I joined the Army in 2003 to be a Behavior Health Therapist. I made a career move and chose a fine art major at Laguna College of Art + Design. I am in my Junior year, and my artwork has expanded far beyond my imagination.
I found a way to combine my passion for the natural world with my creativity. My involvement in nonprofit began with my love for Bonobos and in aiding this species in their plight for survival. I started by creating art for their cause and calling fellow artists to donate art for a non-profit organization: Friends Of Bonobos.
I wanted to find ways to help other organizations I believed in and thought art would be the perfect way to combine efforts with others; while also raising awareness, funding for the cause, as well as benefiting artists at the same time. My vision is to use art as a means of positively fostering useful and honest dialogues regarding many topics such as: wildlife, humanitarian concerns, and environmental matters.
I was fortunate to meet Emmalyn who had a similar dream and thus “Artists Inspiring Raindrops” began. Many others who have similar passions have contributed to our cause and we are ready to do what it takes to make a difference. I reject the notion that my future is singular and truly feel that my role as an artist is to be open to all possibilities– and open every door that leads to a better future.
“What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others is immortal.” Albert Pine.
This quote is one of my favorites because it speaks to my passion for living a life that affects the world. My name is Emmalyn Marie Tringali, I was born and raised in Benicia, California. I graduated from Benicia High School and moved to Laguna Beach, California to attend Laguna College of Art and Design, where I am currently studying Painting, Drawing and Sculpture. While at Benicia High School I became involved in an amazing program called S.A.G.E. (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship). The goal of this program was to teach high school students how to start and run their own social enterprises. SAGE instilled in me a love of non-profit work and the belief than a small group of individuals can make a big difference in the world.
I’ve always had a deep passion for all the living things in the world and a desire to make the world a more beautiful place. During my last years of high school I served as the Student Commissioner for the Sustainability Commission of the City of Benicia (2010 – 2011). During my time on the Commission I realized that there were many other people who had the same passions that I had and if we teamed up we could make great changes in the world.
I decided to study painting at LCAD because art has always been one of my biggest passions and I knew in my heart that I had to pursue it. In my second year at LCAD, I met Charity and we started talking about what we wanted to do in our lives and we found out we had the same dream — so Artists Inspiring the Raindrops was born.
My name is Jessica Necor and I am a Bay Area native, graphic designer, and alum from the Laguna College of Art + Design. I first joined the Artists Inspiring the Raindrops team as a web designer, and have now come fully on-board the AIR team.
Art as activism has been a big part of my life, ever since high school. Growing up in the Bay Area and being a part of youth ministry for eight years fostered my love for community service. In the summer of 2013, I went on a life-changing mission trip to the Philippines to serve two villages that my friends and I helped build with funds raised completely from local concerts and community outreach.
I believe good design transcends the screen or printed page and can lead the way to creating change in the world. My design philosophy revolves around making the world a better place through innovation, problem solving, and practice.
Artists Inspiring the Raindrops is definitely our passion project and I hope to continue to use art and design as a platform for global change. www.jessicanecor.com