Ana Maria Arrieta
Acrylic on Canvas
9 x 11
AnaMaria Arrieta (Ana Berry) was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. While growing up, her thirst for adventure and knowledge encouraged her to explore the rain forest and learn about the beautiful flora and fauna of her homeland while imagining herself to be a great explorer or a mad scientist. Her interest in art started with her first visit to the Museo de Arte de Ponce and the first time she saw her favorite painting, "Flaming June" by Sir Frederic Leighton. Before long, Ana married and moved to Okinawa where she lived for four years as one of the only Freakin' Ricans in the country. Ana then moved to Germany where she spent another 10 years cavorting with gypsies, witches and various other fun people. It was during this time that Ana started a family and gave up her intense personal study of Caribbean rums in order to develop her painting skills, learn about acrylics and watercolor, and raise her sons.
In 1997 the Berry family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she continued her quest of meeting strange and interesting people before deciding to complete her formal studies at The Art Institute of Phoenix with a focus on Computer Graphics and Animation. Ana sees herself as an acrylic artist that dabbles in other media. She finds inspiration in nature, wildlife,color, passion, and movement. Artists that have influenced herinclude Sir Fredric Leighton, Gustav Klimt, and John William Waterhouse. Ana currently lives in San Antonio andteaches at Randolph High School. She also likes quiche and has crazy hair.