San Dieguito River Park Showcased

Nature at Its Finest

San Dieguito River Park

Photo by Aaron Chang

Over the next month, more than 200 pieces of photographic fine art featuring the landscape, flora and fauna of north inland San Diego County, will be hung at the new state-of-the-art medical center in Rancho Bernardo.  

Sharp HealthCare commissioned San Diego’s Ambassador of the Arts, Aaron Chang, to capture the allure of San Diego’s inland gem, Rancho Bernardo.  Partnering with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park JPA, Chang visited several sites within the San Dieguito River Park to capture its scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife.

“I was blown away by the beauty I found in the hills and around the lakes of Rancho Bernardo,” states Chang. “All of my life, I’ve focused on the ocean and the beach. I was delighted to have the opportunity to turn my lens to this hidden gem. The wildlife, native plants and mountain vistas had subtle, hidden beauty that I found refreshing. I’m proud to present this body of work and hope it brings inspiration to the patients, physicians, and staff at the medical center for many years to come.”

“We are excited to see the San Dieguito River Valley showcased in a way that promotes nature as being an important part of our overall health,” says Trish Boaz, Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.  “When Aaron approached us with the opportunity to work with him on this project, we jumped at the chance to show him areas of the park that promote reflection, a sense of peace, and an appreciation for the outdoors.”

Sharp Rees-Stealy Rancho Bernardo will provide a healing environment to all who receive care and work at the medical center while honoring the natural beauty of the surrounding area. 

Aaron’s work can be viewed at his art galleries in Solana Beach and San Diego or online at his website: or on Facebook @aaronchanggallery.

Founded in 1986 by a group of citizens from the coast area, the Conservancy, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring natural and cultural resources within the 55-mile-long San Dieguito watershed, and has been successful, along with its partners, in acquiring and assisting in the funding of thousands of acres of land and restoring hundreds of acres of habitat. 

A collaborative organization, the Conservancy partners with the greater San Diego community, other non-profit organizations, local park agencies and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, practicing sustainable natural and cultural resource-management and providing recreational activities and environmental education to the greater San Diego community.  

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