It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Carly Ealey

Street Artist, Painter, Photographer, Co-Founder,  Cohort Collective,
Live: Golden Hill
Work: Downtown
How Long: 10 Years

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Palm Springs, CA and grew up on the mean streets of the Bermuda Dunes Country Club. I looked forward to summers the most, when my family would pack up and head to the beach to escape the desert heat. I always knew I would eventually move to San Diego — I was hooked on the lifestyle, obsessed with the ocean and fish tacos.

What brought you to San Diego?
After attending school in NorCal, I moved to LA for a bit then down to San Diego after a friend talked me into renting a beach house with her in Pacific Beach. It wasn’t a hard sell! We ended up living steps from the beach. It was a dream to roll out of bed, squeeze into a wetsuit and walk down those boardwalk steps to the sand and surf.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
Besides the beach and tasty waves, I continue to dwell in San Diego based on my commitment to continually growing the San Diego art scene. I see too many of my peers leaving San Diego for larger markets like LA or SF but my heart is here in San Diego. I really want to continue to develop the community of artists here. We’re doing that by throwing art shows via our collective, Cohort Collective, and through rad art projects and public murals.