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Life & Work with Ana Rincon of Tucson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Rincon.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, how did you get started?

I grew up in Mexico City with Mafalda comic books, drawing faces, and playing with cats. I pursued art seriously when I came to the US in college. After graduating, I traveled and defined further my art view with photography, animation, graphics, and web design. I also pursued salsa and samba dance. I continued these interests after moving to Sedona, AZ, where I fell in love with hiking, Native American cultures, and eventually teaching. I exhibited in a few places and began to perform as a dancer and a storyteller. 

My art life graduated to a more professional level when I opened my first art gallery in AZ. Besides featuring artwork and other artists, I did commissions for decorative design projects, murals and faux finishes in private homes and businesses. I also did commissions for publications, such as the cover of the Yellow Book of 2009, which printed 500,000 copies. I think that was a defining moment for me (Thank you Mel!). I love and loved painting that piece. I also drew a map for renowned photographer and friend Murray Bolesta’s beautiful Moods of the Santa Ritas photography book. 

After the economy crashed in 2009 and I moved back to California, I continued life in the workforce but eventually, and thanks to an amazing friend and donor, I reopened in Placerville, featuring myself and some of the best artists in northern California. We were nominated 2nd place for Main Street in 2013. 

I was unable to continue because I went back to school and began to spend more time with my mother. I completed graduate school and spent several years in the workforce, but have maintained my website and online store/activities. 

Most recently, I completed “Light Codes of the Fifth Dimension,” a painting in collaboration with Richard Calling Eagle from the Hopi region near Tucson.  That inspired a few poems, one by my friend Thomas Cox, and another by Chanlee Luu, as featured in the online publication The Tint Journal. I am passionate about consciousness and the changes we are going through globally on a spiritual level. I often use those themes as inspiration for my paintings.

You wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?

It was a challenge to grow up in Mexico City as an only child by a professional and highly intellectual single mother. My mom was a free thinker who overcame impossible odds in life. The siblings I have grew up elsewhere. I grew up fast and did not escape the damage a big city like that can do to a woman, such as harassment from men. The Catholic community around me was abusive and cruel. I was exposed to crime and danger like many women there. I know I was protected by spirit, but had to endure many lessons. I dedicated many years to healing from all kinds of scars, and developed skills to protect myself like a ninja in the different worlds we inhabit: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. In time I perfected those skills. 

I instead focused on the positive sides of my culture, which are numerous and plentiful, as well as my upbringing. It provided for plenty of time to explore my imagination, because my supportive mother encouraged my creativity and independent spirit. Those are great assets today.

Having legal papers in the US was a blessing that opened many doors. Nevertheless, the challenges I’ve faced upon arrival are too many to count, from overcoming the language barrier to understanding the culture of the various states where I’ve lived. Supporting myself in sometimes impossible situations, learning to discern genuine from the fake, discriminatory from honest, and fighting the employment world like everyone else. 

Art was always my private outlet because I didn’t want it to become polluted by stressful influences. To maintain my independence, I’ve often had two jobs; I have lots of marketable skills. This allowed me to develop artistically without depending on gallery owners and curators, and build my own path.

I am not impervious to the struggles of an immigrant, a woman, or an artist. But living in the US taught me skills of self-reliance that I am very grateful for. I am clear about my blessings here. My life has also been about beautiful surprises, very magical from the start. Sometimes in solitude, sometimes with friends, relationships, family or what I call my extended family, and the guidance of spirit.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?

I began to perfect my “faces” and “eyes” during childhood, but again, it was in college that I revisited my art self. I learned discipline. Suddenly, I had to finish a painting to get a grade. The techniques and tools I was learning helped me develop and define my style, preferences and role models, such as Georgia O’Keefe and David Alfaro Siqueiros. For my final project, I created art about the indigenous struggles in Mexico; I used to participate in presentations on the subject. 

When I lived in San Francisco, I took dancing more seriously and participated in various Mission Cultural Center events’ programs. Our salsa group opened for the Latina Pageant at the beautiful San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts in the late 90’s. I was part of the Carnival held each year back then also, it was a lot of fun.

My personal interests grew into meditation, research, and things that I’d always been interested in but did not take too seriously, such as metaphysics, native wisdom, and cosmic knowledge. I explored amazing programs like the consciousness and out-of-body meditations at the Monroe Institute in Virginia. I traveled to Arkansas once to meet the one and only Dolores Cannon, and experienced hypnotherapy sessions. God presented me with wonderful mentors, some of whom are now my extended family, like Santosha Nobel. 

Those studies led me to participating in a presentation called The Time of Global Shift in Chicago in 2001, by invitation from a mentor, renowned author Scott Mandelker, in a three-lecture format with him and now renowned author David Wilcock. All of these experiences were being stored in my inner folder, which reflect in my artwork, such as the painting “The Reunion,” another favorite that features pyramids and mystical concepts of UFO– very relevant these days. 

One of my most memorable jobs was working for Miraval Life in Balance Resort, where I grew as an artist and as a facilitator/instructor. Renowned photographer and friend Nancy Schroeder helped me get back on track with my skills when I joined her team. With her encouragement I introduced my workshop, Drawing from Within, which was successful. 

I think my style is recognizable, generally the comments I get are about the vibrant colors, which many associate with Latin culture. It certainly is an influence. I also like realistic/cartoonish – impressionistic styles with strong textures. But that can change because in art, I like to be free.

Having galleries, representing other artists, organizing events, and performing are some of the things I have done in the art world. I am hyperactive and hyper creative, it never stops. I like to make art that is warm and close to the heart. I am improving my website and sales capabilities and plan to create videos, blogs, and other online content. Eventually, I will return to public activity via art fairs and other special events.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?

When I am not working, I spend a lot of time in silence.

I am peculiar about my personal space, specific about the colors I surround myself with. For example, the colors black, mustard yellow, and forest green give me a headache. I like blue in almost everything. It’s kind of ridiculous. 

I see the sense of humor in everything. I like simple and humble people the best.

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