Rage self portraitA delicious aroma fills the air as onions and peppers sizzle on the grill at Richard Bell’s Los Angeles loft. The loft doubles as Bell’s studio and its walls feature his work. Bell motions for me to follow him, saying, “Let’s talk on the patio and we can watch the sunset.” It’s a warm fall evening, and the beautiful colors of the sunset bounce off the downtown buildings. He continues, “There’s a ton of art downtown and
I love it. It’s like a renaissance going on.”

Looking around at the convergence of nature and concrete, modern architecture and scrawled graffiti, I can’t help thinking he’s right. S