Mariah Quintanilla is a freelance illustrator based in the magical forests of Northern California. After earning a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, she discovered that she could marry her passion for storytelling and art by illustrating for publications. Since then, she has regularly illustrated for Sacramento Magazine and continues to create commissioned art for various clients.
Kial James is an award-winning photographer and artist based in Nevada City, California whose work has been published all over the world. Kial’s images are infused with colorful landscapes, stunning astro photography, picturesque scenes of the Gold Country and his muse, The Yuba River.
Wes Davis is an artist and photographer based in Northern California. After completing a degree in photography from Sacramento State, he spent 12 years directing an art gallery and managing a mixed-use photography studio. His portfolio is available online at www.wesdavisphotography.com and you can follow him on Instagram at @wesdavisphotography.
Carly Cornejo is the art director for Comstock’s magazine.
She discovered her passion for publication design through an internship in New York City at a national magazine. As her career advanced she has found herself in the art director’s position for several magazines in and around the Sacramento area.
She graduated from Sac State with a bachelor’s of science in graphic design.
Hector Amezcua is a freelance photographer for Comstock’s. An award-winning bilingual photojournalist based in Sacramento, he worked for the McClatchy Company for 27 years and received an FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems license in 2017.
Most recently, he covered California’s largest wildfires, the Tubbs, Carr and Camp fires. In 2019, he was a finalist for the Northern California Emmy Awards for the video “When Paradise Became Hell: The Story of The Camp Fire.”
Marissa Lewis is the editorial designer for Comstock’s magazine. She earned her degree in graphic design from University of the Pacific in 2016. In addition to being a designer, Marissa enjoys reading comics, playing video games, and watching the latest movies and TV shows. Currently, she lives in Sacramento with her soon-to-be hubby. On Instagram at @artful_mari
Nicolette Lovell was born and raised in Northern California. Most often, she can be found exploring cities for hidden gems, grubbing down at her favorite restaurants, or running into the wilderness with her family. Storytelling is her passion. She is a cause-driven, travel photographer available for travel worldwide.
Matthew Keys is the former digital editor for Comstock’s. He previously worked for Reuters in New York City, KTXL FOX40 in Sacramento, KGO-TV in San Francisco, the Winters Express, the Fairfield-Suisun Daily Republic and the digital media startup Grasswire. On LinkedIn at bit.ly/matthewkeys.
Bethany Crouch is a speaker, columnist, poet, philanthropist, moderator and on-air host. For 20 years, Bethany worked as a TV news broadcaster, reporter and producer for NBC, CBS, FOX and CW affiliates. Currently, she guest hosts on News 93.1 KFBK and serves as media liaison for various businesses and charities.
Luis Gael Jimenez is an award-winning writer and photojournalist living in Sacramento. Jimenez recently won first place for a profile story from the California News Publishers Association for an essay he wrote about reconnecting with his homeless father after three years of silence.