ABOUT THE ARTIST
An award-winning artist, Ana spends most of her time surfing around Florida and painting ocean inspired abstracts. She graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Ana begun painting at an early age when she was twelve-years-old. Her pieces stood out, and her professors encouraged her to concentrate on art. Her inspiration came from surfing and free diving. There is this intense and overwhelming connection with the sea. The little details and memories she chose to retain while she spent time in the water can be seen in her work. All of her pieces are bits of her and the ocean that surrounds us. Ana’s art is like the ocean – vast, mighty and in a constant state of flux.
I spend a lot of time in the ocean. Whether I’m sailing, surfing, or simply enjoying the beach, all the inspiration for my artwork comes from the sea. I want to bring a sense of calm and clarity to those who see my art. That feeling that we experience after spending time by the water or at the beach is painted onto the canvas. I focus on building texture onto the canvas to depict the barnacles and sea fans. Each barnacle is hand-sculpted with modeling paste and palette knife. Then either 24k gold leaf or silver leaf is applied onto the canvas. Finally layers of acrylic paint is poured and brushed on to mimic the movement of water.