Jeff: Hi, Ana. I'm so glad you've decided to share your story with our readers.
Ana: Hola, Jeff! I was so thrilled to receive your invitation to participate in this project. How could I say "no?" I only hope my story will help others discover their own Passions.
Jeff: I have no doubt of that, Ana! So let's get right to it, shall we?
Ana: Okay, Jeff, I'm ready whenever you are. Fire away!
Jeff: What was the earliest Passion that helped shape your Future, Ana?
Ana: Believe it or not, Music has always been my greatest passion! I grew up listening to all the classics. I even played the violin for eight years. It’s an important part of who I am.
Jeff: You know, that doesn’t surprise me at all. I know many musicians who are indeed talented artists. And, many artists who are talented musicians! They definitely go hand in hand.
Ana: They sure do. Visual Art seems to be more of my gift, but Music has always driven me to create. I can’t imagine being able to function without Music to inspire me!
Jeff: What do you enjoy most about your work? What makes you the happiest?
Ana: Oh, that's an easy one. You see, for too many years, I thought it was important to label myself! Was I a Fine Artist?
Or, was I a Graphic Designer?
Ana: But there is so much more to life than a declaration inscribed on a piece of parchment paper which might still hang on a wall somewhere in a previous lifetime.
Jeff: In other words, versatility is essential, if I understand you correctly?
Ana: Not only essential, but necessary in today's economy.
Jeff: Do you still travel as much as you did a few years ago?
Ana: Thankfully, no! In the early years of my business, I traveled throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, selling my art at local festivals, attracting a loyal national following.
Jeff: Was there anything about travel that you can look back on with a smile?
Ana: Absolutely! The best part of traveling was meeting and staying in touch with so many beautiful people along the way.
Jeff: Ahh, yes…it’s always about the people we encounter along the way, isn’t it? I’m very fortunate to have met so many talented and friendly people on my own journeys.
Ana: I’m very lucky, too! Plus, I love what do, both as artist and designer. Every day, I'm inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds me.
Jeff: And how would you describe your own natural style, Ana?
Ana: It's funny, but I've always found it difficult to describe my own artistic style! Thankfully, people everywhere tell me they're attracted to my realistic flair in oil paints, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, ink, and digital media, while focusing on portraits and nature life.
Jeff: Is there one favorite medium you enjoy more than the others?
Ana: I must admit that my artistic specialty is personal commissions. I thrive on the professional challenge of delivering the deep emotional impact that my clients have come to expect from my work. I particularly enjoy portraiture.
Jeff: Ahhh! Why portraiture?
Ana: Regardless of the medium or the subject, my philosophy is simple: The true purpose of art is to inspire and communicate feelings that tell a meaningful story which lasts a lifetime. For me, portraits hold that power.
Jeff: I was particularly moved by the title of your chapter, Ana. I'm sure there's a touching story there, am I right?
Ana: Yes, a wonderful story! You see, my mother once told me she wanted to name me Sirenia, Spanish for mermaid. In hindsight, mermaids have fascinated me all my life. So, it was only natural that I chose the business name Sirenia Art in my mother's honor.
Jeff: As always, it’s all about love!
Ana: Of course! Without love, how could any of us find true meaning in our lives?
Jeff: Well said. Thank you, Ana, for sharing your Artistic and Musical Passions with us. I have no doubt you'll hear from many of our readers!
Ana: And thank you, Jeff! It’s always a pleasure to speak with you. I would be excited to create an original piece of Art for you and your loved ones.
Or, perhaps you’d prefer one that I have already completed, ready to ship.
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