Creating art is not only about what the eye sees, but it is about experiencing and conveying a multitude of feelings and emotions. An artist throughout my childhood, I put down the paintbrush for most of my adult life until relatively recently when I started using creativity as a way to escape the stresses of life and express myself without judgement.

For most of my career life I have worked in marketing for technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. I found that there is a great divide between the technology community and the art world. As I got more immersed into art and rediscovered the creative process, I began to realize the enriching benefits of art in anyone’s life. As a result, I am introducing local art into many local technology companies. I have no formal training, however, I spend considerable time reading about the lives of other artists and am, undoubtedly, influenced by great masters such as Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian and Georges Braque. I am inspired by nature and people – the shapes and colors found naturally in our environment and the variety of emotions displayed by people offer an endless opportunity for an artist. I recently painted a cubist version of my daughter sitting by a window and reading her cell phone. Composing this image had the surprising effect of providing a deeper understanding of this young, constantly ‘on’ millennial generation. Beginning each new piece is a leap of faith as I paint intuitively from experiences, engaging the senses and trading chaos for contentment.

Anna Sidana

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