Today we’d like to introduce you to Alma Ramirez.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Mexico in a big and beautiful family. As long as I remember I was that kid that spends her time drawing or coloring during class. My afternoons were filled with attempts to create masterpieces, with the dream to become a professional artist. The love for color and a good imagination have been always with me from a young age. My parents, in the other hand, are in the health industry also all my sisters but I was the only exception, it was not a surprise to all that I choose to persuade art as a career. They always have been very supportive. I’m sure from time to time they were worried. But I knew they were happy to see me happy carrying those canvases from one place to another.
I graduated in 2008 as a Visual Artist and started painting realistic figures back then. I also wanted to travel the world after college. I always had a fascination with other cultures. I arrive in America in 2011, I got married and became a mom of my wonderful boy. Life got in the way, I didn’t make time for painting and became to think about getting a more “serious” career. After all my life had changed so I should grow up off my dreams.
It wasn’t until I was going through a hard time that I started to paint again as a way of relaxation. Nothing realistic this time, I only wanted to “play with color” after I knew it I had collected so much work. It became a very good therapy, a way of self-healing. I got into galleries selling my pieces. It wasn’t until at one of the show openings I saw this lady looking at my work. I approached her to introduce myself and she told me with a smile, I have felt the same way before. She was talking about the feeling I used on that painting. I was so pleased to know that this person knew what I was trying to express in that painting. From that moment I felt I was doing the right thing by following my dream of becoming an artist.
Please tell us about your art.
I believe that my artwork as a final product is not more important than the process or experience it took me to create it. I found a few years ago that the process itself was a precious gift for myself. It was the realization that while painting I was concentrated on one thing only and that thing was the canvas in front of me, the possibilities were endless.
The rest of the thoughts in my head, worries, frustrations, to do lists were outside that freeing state. At that point in my personal life, it made me feel that the only thing I was able to control was my brush and paint. The rest I had to let go. From that moment of creation and being I found a new feeling which I later adopted little by little in my other daily activities. I don’t think I could ever stop painting, not for the need of control but for the immense pleasure to surrender and give, give to myself and give to others that final product that will become an experience for the collector as well.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Financial factor is always a struggle for many artists. Also, many of us are more of an introvert type and shy when it comes to talking openly about one’s art to a potential customer. The good thing that has helped me is social media.
Social media is my best tool to share my art and fine potential collectors or buyers. It also creates so much awareness of my art that I have had some opportunities for showing my work that has resulted in sales. To me it’s easy to interact online somehow, I am more confident to express myself. That has helped me tremendously when it comes to starting a conversation in real life.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can find me on-line at www.almasgallery.com or on Instagram at almaramirez_art
I am represented by Plum Gallery in St. Augustine, Fl, Stellers Gallery in Jacksonville, Fl. Vibe Gallery in Naples, Fl and Bee Street in Dallas, TX.
- Website: www.almasgallery.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: almaramirez_art
- Facebook: Alma Ramirez Fine Art