By age fifteen, Ana Valentine developed arthritis in her shoulders from harvesting avocados and flowers. She began studying Biology in college to leave farming. But when her grandpa’s lungs collapsed, her grades collapsed. So, she clumsily picked up a paintbrush for the first time. Then, she threw her first paintings into the closet! Like a flower bulb, Ana kept pushing through dirt because small steps make big changes. To this day she continues painting, even though it wasn’t easy in the beginning. How will you grow?
My art is inspired by the hundreds of flowers I grew as a farmer on California’s Central Coast. I learned that without hard work, weeds will take over every garden. So, my paintings take over one thousand brushstrokes to reach completion.
I have assisted with research in the E.R. of a Level 1 trauma center, and even saved a grandpa from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge as a crisis hotline operator for Suicide Prevention. There is darkness in this world, but also lots of beauty and opportunity. I paint flowers because they point towards the sunny side of life, and I try to do the same.