Portrait 4: Ana Maria

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  • Portrait: Ana Maria
  • Art: Artist
  • Known for: All media
  • Age: 47
  • Location: Miami, FL
  • Facebook: Ana Maria Art Musings

 

Tell us about you (i.e. anything that is significant in giving you identity, meaning, human shape)… If there were three defining moments in your life, what would they be and why?

I am eternally fascinated by the daily trials and vicissitudes that move the human spirit. Just as art is a visual representation of history, my artwork is a visual representation of my observations, ideas, thoughts and musings. Based on my own experiences, several themes have become prominent in my artwork:

  • Female figure: Women carry the weight of so many things. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. And yet, sometimes we forget that we are us, our own self. Our different roles do not always walk hand-in-hand. In fact, often they collide….
  • Mother Nature: The most exquisite artist. Nothing brings you more into the mindful present than to simply observe nature. You don’t need to be anywhere in particular. Just walk outside, and observe a lizard climbing up a twig or a little bird drinking water from a puddle.
  • My children: They’re my inspiration and my most favorite subject to capture in art.

Do you specialize in one area or have multiple artistic leanings?

I don’t subscribe to just one medium but instead try to express with various media whatever is on my mind.

Across your life, where have you found your greatest inspiration?

Nature, feelings, art, my children, deep conversations, the sky, music, other artists, too many things to fully detail…

The single, defining moment in my life that has had the greatest impact is, without a doubt, becoming a mother. It’s a grueling task.  When you are told, “your life is over once you have kids,” what it really means is: life as you know it, and as the way you have lived it up until this moment will abruptly cease to exist, and a new life will suddenly plummet on you. No matter how hip, cool, modern or involved a parent you are, it will be the most exhausting thing you will ever do, mentally, emotionally and physically. Now, that said, the moments that will fill you up with love and joy will be so overwhelmingly strong that they will make you forget the headaches and heartaches.  At the moment, I’m navigating the teenage years (not for the faint of heart). But, at the same time, for the first time I feel in total control of how to parent the way I think I need to do so for my kids. I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far; my kids are fantastic human beings (most of the time, at least, lol).

Motherhood is my greatest accomplishment.

Do you identify as an “artist”? Are you in a position to pursue your art on a full-time basis? Would you want to (if you are not already)?

I only recently started calling myself an “artist”.  I always thought I didn’t quite have the right to give myself that name since art doesn’t put food on my table.  But I have come to terms with that, and I’m comfortable with it. In fact, I have come a long way from being insecure about learning art. I don’t always like to sit down and draw or paint. I have other interests too, such as running, learning piano and guitar, and reading art history.  Whether I make money as an artist or not is irrelevant.  I enjoy it, make it, study it, share it, and admire it.

When did you know you had artistic talent/s?

My first art class was a summer course when I was six years old at the revered Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico.  I didn’t really take more art classes until one semester in high school.  It really was way into my 30s, during an emotionally pivotal time, that I began taking art classes at the college level. I took enough to become certified as an art teacher, and, in fact, taught K-8 art for a time.

If you had the chance to do it all again, what – if anything – would you do differently?

I don’t spend time wondering what I would have done differently in my past. Sure, in a weak moment here and there, I start thinking, “should have, could have, would have”, but I snap out of it as soon as I become aware of it. It’s a toxic way to think. I’m in a relatively good place now, and all the experiences that have happened to me have gotten me where I am today, so what’s to regret?

Editor’s note: Ana is one of the kindest people I know and one of the most beautiful; beauty literally radiates out of her. She is as humble as she is talented (see her art below for the breadth of her talent). Most importantly, she is a phenomenal mother, a wonder woman (really) and someone I have the privilege of calling “friend”. This is a gallery of works selected by Ana:

 

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Portrait: Ana Maria

Art: Artist

Known for: All media

Age: 47

Location: Miami, FL

Facebook: Ana Maria Art Musings

 

Tell us about you (i.e. anything that is significant in giving you identity, meaning, human shape)…

If there were three defining moments in your life, what would they be and why?

 

I am eternally fascinated by the daily trials and vicissitudes that move the human spirit. Just as art is a visual representation of history, my artwork is a visual representation of my observations, ideas, thoughts and musings. Based on my own experiences, several themes have become prominent in my artwork:

  • Female figure: Women carry the weight of so many things. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. And yet, sometimes we forget that we are us, our own self. Our different roles do not always walk hand-in-hand. In fact, often they collide….
  • Mother Nature: The most exquisite artist. Nothing brings you more into the mindful present than to simply observe nature. You don’t need to be anywhere in particular. Just walk outside, and observe a lizard climbing up a twig or a little bird drinking water from a puddle.
  • My children: They’re my inspiration and my most favorite subject to capture in art.

 

Do you specialize in one area or have multiple artistic leanings?

 

I don’t subscribe to just one medium but instead try to express with various media whatever is on my mind.

 

 

 

Across your life, where have you found your greatest inspiration?

 

Nature, feelings, art, my children, deep conversations, the sky, music, other artists, too many things to fully detail…

 

The single, defining moment in my life that has had the greatest impact is, without a doubt, becoming a mother. It’s a grueling task.  When you are told, “your life is over once you have kids,” what it really means is: life as you know it, and as the way you have lived it up until this moment will abruptly cease to exist, and a new life will suddenly plummet on you. No matter how hip, cool, modern or involved a parent you are, it will be the most exhausting thing you will ever do, mentally, emotionally and physically. Now, that said, the moments that will fill you up with love and joy will be so overwhelmingly strong that they will make you forget the headaches and heartaches.  At the moment, I’m navigating the teenage years (not for the faint of heart). But, at the same time, for the first time I feel in total control of how to parent the way I think I need to do so for my kids. I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far; my kids are fantastic human beings (most of the time, at least, lol).

 

Motherhood has been my greatest accomplishment.

 

Do you identify as an “artist”? Are you in a position to pursue your art on a full-time basis? Would you want to (if you are not already)?

 

I only recently started calling myself an “artist”.  I always thought I didn’t quite have the right to give myself that name since art doesn’t put food on my table.  But I have come to terms with that, and I’m comfortable with it. In fact, I have come a long way from being insecure about learning art. I don’t always like to sit down and draw or paint. I have other interests too, such as running, learning piano and guitar, and reading art history.  Whether I make money as an artist or not is irrelevant.  I enjoy it, make it, study it, share it, and admire it.

 

When did you know you had artistic talent/s?

 

My first art class was a summer course when I was six years old at the revered Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico.  I didn’t really take more art classes until one semester in high school.  It really was way into my 30s, during an emotionally pivotal time, that I began taking art classes at the college level. I took enough to become certified as an art teacher, and, in fact, taught K-8 art for a time.

 

If you had the chance to do it all again, what – if anything – would you do differently?

 

I don’t spend time wondering what I would have done differently in my past. Sure, in a weak moment here and there, I start thinking, “should have, could have, would have”, but I snap out of it as soon as I become aware of it. It’s a toxic way to think. I’m in a relatively good place now, and all the experiences that have happened to me have gotten me where I am today, so what’s to regret?

 

Editor’s note: Ana is one of the kindest people I know and one of the most beautiful; beauty literally radiates out of her. She is as humble as she is talented (see her art below for the breadth of her talent). Most importantly, she is a phenomenal mother, a wonder woman (really) and someone I have the privilege of calling “friend”.

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