Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Garcia.
Ana, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Art has been in my life since I was little. I was always drawing, coloring, or looking at it. I took art classes each year in school. Art runs in my family where my grandma crochets, my mom sews and crafts, and my great aunt drew and painted. The art genes continued to my brothers and sister as well. In my early teen years, I received my first 35mm point and shoot camera. Since then, I’ve always carried a camera with me. I wanted to be able to capture all those special moments of where I was or who I was with. When my parents got married, they would make family albums for each year so I can go back throughout my life with my family and look at all our memories. I continued to draw throughout high school and college to where I received a bachelor’s degree in fine art with specializing in drawing. After I graduated, I continued to work on exhibiting my art. I eventually I really got into photography and started to exhibit my nature and landscape work as well as capture portrait and family sessions.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do, why, and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a nature and portrait photographer and an abstract artist.
My artwork are abstract drawings using pen on paper. I used to have daily headaches. I began to work through it with the use of drawing and found that the pain was alleviated. It is the energy and rhythm of the lines that helps relieve the pain. The dynamics of a headache are locked in a chaotic confinement. The fluidity of an India ink pen mimics the pain’s travel pattern in my head. This controlled system of mark-making contains my condition by turning an uncomfortable negative state into a creative positive one. And from this condition, it is taking the drawing into new areas of the unknown.
I love being around nature. I experience peace and happiness. I want everyone to see and feel what I do when I am in the park, beach, forest and wherever else I go so I capture them with my camera. Nature is always changing and it just passes us by if we don’t stop to look at it. My photography records those moments so you can enjoy them and take them with you.
I want everyone to be able to cherish each special moment in their lives so I love capturing them. I want them to feel comfortable and to be themselves in their sessions. I take them to a park, a beach or anywhere they want that they love. If they have a special event happening or a milestone in their life, I document those so they can enjoy those memories for years to come.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I would suggest saving money each week and start with one project at a time. You don’t necessarily need the best of the best tools to make your art. Yes tools help but it’s your creativity that makes it work. There are many tools but there is only one of you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work can be seen on various online galleries and publications:
- Website: www.AnaGarciaPhoto.com
- Email: AnaGarciaPhotos@gmail.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/anagarciaphoto
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/anagarciaphotography
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/anagarciaphotog
- Other: https://anagarciaphoto.wordpress.com
Erica Melissa (profile headshot)
Laura Garcia (behind the scenes)