Dr. Cliff Oliver is an award-winning photographer, past photography instructor for the San Diego Natural History Museum, cutting-edge integrative health care professional and international workshop leader. He created and taught the first 5-day immersion iPhone photography workshop at Hollyhock, Canada’s premier Leadership Learning Center. His images have been on the cover of Wild Bird magazine, on display at Scripps Oceanography Institute, and in multiple first-place finishes in the International Exhibition of Photography Del Mar. The San Diego Natural History Museum’s, Birds of the World centennial exhibition featured several of his images. One of his iPhone images received an honorable mention in the Athenaeum 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition. He has displayed images at Art Speaks: Expressions of Hope and Healing and has produced a series of books, called Zen I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII that are original images that promote inner peace. In the last five books all of the images were taken on the iPhone. This past summer he created a 100-page e-book, iPhone Photography—Getting Started: Discover How to Setup Your iPhone Quickly and Efficiently, Plus Tips on Apps and Gear. He teaches individuals and groups the skills of capturing iPhone/mobile photographs and then how to create personalized works of art. 

He started his surfing experience when a neighbor gave him Nat Young’s board left behind from his trip to the USA. He moved to San Diego to attend SDSU to be on their sailing team. During his years at the university he continued to dive deeply into surfing and sailing and spent a lot of time admiring the work of local craftsmen. In the early 70’s, while surfing at Cardiff Reef, he was introduced to the crew making Hansen Surfboards and was invited to make his first board with their help. This started a fascinating adventure that eventually led to shaping for LaRana kneeboards, OB Surfboards, Hansen, Brewer and of course his own line of Clinton Surfboards that were distributed around the country. During this time he opened a surf shop in Del Mar and a factory for building the boards in the hills of Del Mar. He has literally shaped 1000’s of boards. One of his major accomplishments is receiving one of the very few patents for surfboard design.


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Dr. Annie Pirruccello’s love of photography is longstanding and started while a student at New Trier. Growing up on Chicago’s North Shore, she followed the path of the arts early on with an emphasis in music.She performed in bands and studied music and songwriting. While attending college in Los Angeles, Annie turned her attention to Asian and European philosophy, and she returned to the Midwest to complete her doctorate at Purdue University. She became a philosophy professor in San Diego and teaches comparative philosophy at USD. Always valuing experiential learning, Annie completed formal training in a Japanese Zen lineage (White Plum) in 2009, and today she is a Zen roshi (“old teacher”) and teaches at Vista Zen Center. Zen and photography are a natural combination, and as a member of the Bird Rock community, Annie likes to photograph the local scene, and especially the famous surf spots of La Jolla and San Diego. Her surf photos have appeared in the San Diego County Fair’s Photo Exhibitions, where she has received honorable mention .

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